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Ranchi launches cleanliness drive across city

City corporation to roll out radio frequency-tagged garbage collection system
The cleanliness drive of the Ranchi Municipal Corporation will continue till January 15.

Our Correspondent   |   Ranchi   |   Published 08.01.21, 02:53 PM

Ranchi Municipal Corporation has rolled out a week long special cleanliness drive across all 53 wards from Friday seeking public participation to help the civic body in maintaining hygiene across the city. The move, officials said is, has been initiated as groundworks for the nationwide cleanliness survey — Swachcha Survekshan 2021.

Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar said that the special drive will be conducted across RMC limits till January 15. 

“While RMC undertakes daily cleanliness activities in the city, there are chances of litter, garbage lying unattended in a locality. Hence, we have set up a one-stop number seeking information so that teams can be sent immediately to get it cleared,” he said.

Kumar added that different teams have been set up and nodal supervisors have been appointed in every ward to execute works on the field.

Another official said that in order to create awareness among the public about the special drive, they are also conducting promotional activities through RMC’s social media handles by uploading daily activities. 

“We have also provisioned surveillance of day to day activities on the field through drone cameras,” he said.

The civic body has initiated several activities since the last few weeks to beautify the city and its water bodies and keep roads encroachment free, the official further said.

For example, in late 2020, RMC commissioned artists to paint walls around the Ranchi Lake to provide aesthetic beauty in and around the area. Recently, it has conducted a survey in Upper Bazar, a busy wholesale hub, to unclog it for which it has asked traders in the area to list their priorities so that it can plan accordingly.

RMC is also planning to soon roll out radio-frequency identification (RFID)-based garbage collection system in the capital for which it has roped in two specialised agencies, on the occasion of completion of one year of the incumbent state government on December 29. For primary collection of waste from households, M/s CDC Pvt Limited has been hired and for disposal of waste, it has picked up M/s Zonta Pvt Limited.

Deputy Municipal Commissioner Shankar Yadav said that soon CDC will install RFID tags across bins in two lakh households which will help them track the situation of daily waste collection on real time basis from the control centre, which is being set up at RMC. 

“The entire work is likely to take a couple of months time to formally begin,” he said.


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