The three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) have collected and disposed over 4 lakh metric tonnes of garbage since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from the Red Fort on August 15.
Since cleanliness of the city is the primary function of the MCDs, the corporations went on a cleanliness overdrive since the announcement and a sanitation drive commenced on August 19. In the 43 days since, the North, South and East corporations pressed more than 60,000 sanitation workers into cleaning streets, parks and drains.
As per MCD officials, the daily collection of garbage increased by 25 per cent on an average per day. The DCs of all zones were given special privileges to hire extra trucks and manpower as per their requirement. The East Municipal Corporation removes 1,600 metric tonnes of garbage daily, while the North corporation removes 2,800 metric tonnes and the South corporation removes 1,200 metric tonnes. The figures have gone up to 2,400 metric tonnes for East corporation, 3,000 metric tonnes for North and 2,400 metric tonnes for South.
The three corporations and the New Delhi Municipal Council are also undertaking several other measures to make the city cleaner by October 2. Work done includes maintenance of sanitation in schools, availability of toilets for boys and girls, repair and maintenance of all community toilets, repair of footpaths and roundabouts, and removal of encroachments.
Most of the garbage collected from various parts of the city was dumped at different landfill sites and approximately 1,100 metric tonnes of green waste is being sent to the South Municipal Corporation’s energy plant at Okhla. These landfills include Narela-Bawana, Bhalswa (North); Burari (South); and Gazipur (East).
A list of local sanitation workers was provided to residents’ welfare associations so that these bodies can monitor the workers. South Delhi Mayor Khushi Ram expressed satisfaction over the work done by the corporations during the run-up to the launch of the Clean India Campaign.
However, reputation at stake, the MCDs are not taking any risk. The mayor will inspect all zones on Thursday morning before the programmes for the day begin. East Delhi Commissioner S Kumaraswamy has also asked 50 per cent of the sanitation staff to stay prepared on October 2.