Imphal, Aug. 30: The Manipur government’s zero garbage campaign which was launched by chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh on August 12 will take some to yield results as it involves a lot of money and popular support.
This was stated by Planning and Development Authority Chairman Kh. Loken Singh while speaking to reporters at the PDA complex today. Loken said the campaign which was likely to cost Rs 50 lakh, will need a lot of public participation and awareness especially among street vendors.
The campaign will continue till October 11.
Loken said Imphal municipal areas comprise 27 wards with a 35-km radius.
The government has involved seven non-government organisations in the drive.
Loken said the government would review the progress of the campaign weekly. “The campaign will take time but we will be definitely seek a permanent solution.”
However, Loken added that the onus of cleanliness lay with the public. He said the Imphal Municipality (Cleanliness and Sanitation) Model Bylaw, 2009, is likely to be enforced soon.
Manipur housing and urban development director N. Gitkumar who was present at the briefing, said: “What we are after is making the public participate in the process of cleanliness.”