|Garbage strewn at Mithapur on Sunday. The area falls under the civic body’s New Capital circle. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey
The civic body has hit upon a novel idea to keep the city clean.
Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC), following its bitter experience with private sanitation firms, has planned to enlist residents to keep the state capital spick and span.
The project is expected to provide more accountability and better monitoring of the sanitation work.
The civic body would form a Nagar Swachhata Karya Dal, in which residents, PMC officials and other government employees would be made members. The team would keep tabs on sanitation-related works.
“We would form a Nagar Swachhata Karya Dal, whose work would be to implement the city sanitation plans. Residents would be made members of the team. We would choose representatives from the businessmen community, educational institutions and residents’ welfare associations. In the standing committee meeting tomorrow (Monday), we would work out the modalities of the plan,” said Shashank Shekhar Sinha, the executive officer of the PMC’s New Patna circle.
“Tomorrow (Monday), we will discuss how the different members would be selected and on what basis,” added Shashank, who is also the PMC additional commissioner (in charge of sanitation and revenue).
On the motive behind including residents in the Nagar Swachhata Karya Dal, Shashank added: “The idea is to have people’s participation and accountability in sanitation-related works of the city. Residents would be able to monitor the clean-up works by interacting with sanitation workers regularly.”
Narendra Nath, the executive officer of the Patna City circle, said: “Residents’ participation is very important. The corporation alone can’t make the city clean without the support of the people. At some places, sanitation workers perform their duties but owing to the careless attitude of residents, filth accumulates. Residents have to dump garbage at a designated place before 9am but many don’t follow this rule and dispose filth after the prescribed time. Some people dump garbage after civic workers have left. By including residents in the Nagar Swachhata Karya Dal, we would be able to make them accountable.”
Hailing the proposal, Abhishek Kumar, a Boring Road resident, said: “The sanitation-related works of PMC had not yielded good results, as there was a communication gap between the civic body and residents. This plan would definitely help bridge the gap.” Another resident, Diwakar Kumar, said: “Participation by people would ensure better monitoring of sanitation work.”
residents’ role for cleaner city
What will be the job of Nagar Swachhata Karya Dal?
The team formed by Patna Municipal Corporation would look after the implementation of city sanitation plan being prepared by various agencies according to instructions of urban development department. The scheme is being prepared on the lines of National Urban Sanitation Policy. The project would not only include sanitation work for the city but also availability of pure drinking water and maintenance of private and public bathrooms
When will meetings be held?
A meeting of members would be held once every two months
Why has the civic body decided to enlist residents in its team?
Patna Municipal Corporation
believes if residents are made part of sanitation-related works, they would be more cautious and maintain cleanliness in their surroundings. It would also reduce the work of the civic body. The corporation believes residents would be able to monitor work in a better way owing to their interaction with sanitation workers on a daily basis
Who will be part of the team?
Nagar Swachhata Karya Dal would include mayor, civic body commissioner/ executive officer, chief
sanitation vigilator, chief engineer/executive engineer, health officer, executive engineer (public health engineering department), executive engineer (Bihar State Water Board), a
non-government organisation member, representatives from residents’ welfare association, businessmen community, sanitation workers, educational institution, and any resident who wishes to take part in sanitation work