New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has set a target of making the areas under its jurisdiction garbage-free by October 31. The council has already prepared an action plan to intensify its cleaning operations in the wake of the launch of the Swachh Bharat mission by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2.
The civic body has identified areas that require special attention and is stepping up operations to ensure proper hygiene and sanitation, officials said.
Special efforts are being made for cleaning the backlanes of several colonies and areas, which attract a high footfall of visitors, like Hanuman Temple road, Sarojini Nagar market, Connaught Place.
“Sanitation workers will be asked to give specific attention to the corners, backlanes, and overflowing dhalaos where garbage usually accumulates,” P K Sharma, Director (health), NDMC, said.
Tricycle-rickshaws have also been directed to collect garbage thrice daily instead of just once a day, Sharma said. He also said 800 new garbage trolleys have been ordered for the purpose.
“Door-to-door garbage collection has already been started in six colonies, including Jor Bagh, Golf Links, Rajinder Nagar and Khan Market,” he said.
The civic body is also regularising services of 762 sanitation workers who were working on contract basis. Attendance of the workers will be registered digitally, officials said.
The civic body has also signed a contract with a private company for the upkeep of Connaught Place where redevelopment work ended earlier this year.
According to NDMC officials, the civic body recently organised a rally during which schoolchildren offered flowers to people who were found littering in Connaught Place.
The civic body has also a created a Facebook page where it has asked people to post photographs of those found littering or urinating at public places.
On October 2, Modi wielded a broom and swept the pavement in Valmiki Basti — which falls under NDMC’s jurisdiction — as he launched the country-wide cleanliness drive.