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Dustbin drive in Dergaon

Jorhat, Dec. 4: A traders’ group of Dergaon town in the adjoining Golaghat district has launched a campaign to keep the town clean and has started the same by procuring dustbins from a company at an affordable price to be placed before a shop.

The Dergaon Chamber of Commerce also has plans to carry out an awareness campaign against spitting in public places, by requesting the paan shop owners to place a spit bowl in front of their shops.

Sushil Balduwa, secretary of the Dergaon Chamber of Commerce, told this correspondent today that it was observed that the town looked shabby because of the garbage around, strewn on the road during the daytime, as most of the shops do not have dustbins.

Balduwa said the chamber came up with the idea of taking an initiative to place an order with a Guwahati-based company to make plastic dustbins at a discounted rate for the shops, which were members of the chamber.

This was expected to be more effective instead of just making an appeal to the shop owners.

“We have 145 shops as members of the Dergaon Chamber of Commerce, and we wanted to take the lead so that even other shops, which were not members, joined our effort to make the town clean,” the secretary said.

He said so far 75 dustbins — green in colour — with the words “Use Me” has been distributed to the shops.

Other member-shops, too, will be getting the dustbins shortly, as the order had already been placed.

Balduwa said the shopkeepers would empty their dustbins at spots specified by the Dergaon Town Committee at night and the committee tractors would clear the garbage next morning.

The secretary said the response to the initiative was positive, with roads looking cleaner in the last few days, after the initiative was launched about 12 days back.

He said owners of the shops, who were not members of the chamber, were also approaching them to get the dustbin, for the benefit of society.

Balduwa said the chamber had a plan to carry out a campaign against rampant spitting on the road by taking out rallies and through posters and also requesting the paan shop owners to put up a spit bowl in front of their shops to enable the customers to spit into it.

“Spitting on the road makes the places look very ugly and the areas unhygienic. Hence, abstaining from doing it and spitting only in bowls kept besides a shop will make a lot of difference,” the secretary said, adding that the chamber will request social organisations of the town to join them in their venture to keep the town clean and beautiful.