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Capital pads up for clean pitch

It is a matter of serious debate whether Mahi’s boys in blue will notch winning runs over Alastair Cook & Co. on January 19, but Ranchi sure is swinging to score a sixer in tidiness in the run-up to the India-England ODI.

Civic guardians have decided to go the whole hog to purge the capital of its filth and squalor before the big day. Deputy chief executive officer of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) Gopalji Tiwari has directed A2Z Waste Management Private Limited to draw up a detailed cleanliness proposal and has convened a meeting with agency officials on Tuesday to discuss it threadbare.

Naresh Sinha, the public relations officer of RMC, confirmed that besides removing garbage from every nook and corner of Ranchi, the plan includes broom job on and revamp of arterial roads, repair of high-mast lights along thoroughfares, a coat of paint for dusty trees and dismantling of unauthorised hoardings.

“Some high-mast lights are out of order. They will be repaired soon. Also, employees of our marketing cell have been asked to identify illegal hoardings that have been put up here and there by individuals and shop owners. The objective is to make the city look beautiful before the much-awaited match,” Sinha said.

“People are already euphoric about the ODI. They will flock the stadium in large numbers. We will request them to co-operate with us in our cleanliness campaign and throw garbage only in dustbins, which will be cleared by A2Z workers from time to time,” Sinha added.

The JSCA’s International Stadium Complex in Dhurwa is scheduled for inauguration on January 18, a day before the ODI. The list of invitees is quite impressive. Political bigwigs such as Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah, Union railway minister C.P. Joshi and Union minister of state for commerce and industries Jyotiraditya Scindia share place with Bollywood Baadshah Shah Rukh Khan and beauties Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty on it.

Tickets for the ODI will be sold from 10 counters at the stadium from January 10 to 13. Two of these counters are reserved for women. The entry to the common galleries will cost cricket enthusiasts Rs 1,200, Rs 1,500 or Rs 2,000, while Rs 15,000 is the price of a seat in the special gallery.

The JSCA on Sunday held a meeting to review preparations of its different sub-committees for the upcoming mega event.

Later, speaking to reporters, its media cell in-charge Manoj Singh said a final review meeting would be held on January 17. He added that Modi had confirmed his visit, but missives from SRK and the others were awaited.

Should big events alone prod capital cleanliness drives?

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