The much-hyped cleanliness drive of the Municipal Corporation started ahead of the festival season on Thursday,but with a protest by the sweepers. The drive aims to make the city clean by October 31.
The drive was started at Vishvakarma Chowk where the Class IV employees working with the municipal corporation were told to wear caps and jackets given by A2Z which was strongly objected to by them.
The employees working with the private company and the regular employees were present,and all were told to wear the caps and uniforms given by the private company. Mohinder Kalyan,member of the Safai Karamchari Union,said that they were against privatisation and it was sad that they were told to wear the uniforms of the private company.
Later,the matter was sorted out when the caps and uniforms were taken back.
Chief sanitary inspector Ashwini Sahota said the workers would start the cleanliness drive in the afternoon every day,and two wards would be cleaned.
The drive was started by Mayor H S Gohalwaria and MC Commissioner R K Verma.
While the private company would pick garbage from the roadside dumps,the MC sweepers would clean the filthy areas of the city so as to give the city a festive look this Diwali,said the mayor.
The mayor also appealed to the residents to maintain cleanliness in the area so that the efforts of the employees did not go waste.