Former Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna has sought stricter enforcement mechanisms for the proper disposal of solid waste in the capital, while acknowledging that there is a “long way to go” before “achieving public space cleanliness”.
Khanna, who chaired a panel discussion at the India International Centre on Tuesday, said Delhi could be a role model for other cities, adding that in the “enforcement side, you need a stick”.
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“In light of the Swachh Bharat campaign… the national capital should be kept as neat and tidy in the public space as possible. It should be kept clean to a standard that can be a role model for other cities in the country. And I think we have a long way to go in terms of achieving public space cleanliness in the city,” he said.
“As a country, we have generated huge reports and suggestions on what can be done. But the weak point in my view is we don’t get it done in terms of ground reality transformation,” he said.
Pointing out that more than 55 per cent of the population in Delhi lived in unplanned colonies and 25 per cent in slum clusters, where there were “no proper civic amenities” and “roads, sewage and water pipelines were supposed to be provided”, the former LG said the process of garbage disposal had to include all sections of the city, “planned or unplanned”.
Khanna said that former defence personnel could be roped in to help in the enforcement of waste disposal. “For proper enforcement, we need to get some of our former defence personnel into the game. When I was in Delhi, we had a retired group captain, air commodore and a brigadier, and I told municipalities, out of 12 municipal zones, let three be handled by former defence personnel. They know how to shoot straight”.