Fearing difficulty in maintaining standards for re-verification of open defecation free (ODF) double plus rating under upcoming Swachh Survekshan 2020 in city’s rural wards, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has set in motion an extensive awareness campaign in such areas and formulated various teams that are keeping a close watch vigilantly
in areas with poor drainage and sewerage system.
In all probability, a team from the Centre will visit the city in December first week. They aim for physical verification of these two certifications, which in total hold 200 marks under Survekshan.
Officials whose zones also include rural wards had earlier raised concerns about inadequate sewerage and water supply infrastructure in these areas. They were instructed to make adequate arrangements to improve the situation.
IMC’s senior and junior officials and staff including those with rural areas have been instructed to conduct surprise inspection in their respective areas and spread awareness amongst citizens. According to the buzz, all additional, assistant and deputy level commissioners, city engineers, along with health department staff are conducting checks in their respective areas to maintain cleanliness and further added that the drive will continue till Survekshan.
Furthermore, IMC has also introduced battery-operated small-sized vehicles to collect garbage from households of areas with narrow lanes. Two such vehicles were introduced in Bombay Bazaar and nearby areas on Sunday to collect garbage from households.
Talking about the characteristics of these vehicles, a health department official stated that these vehicles run on battery and comes with 1.2 cubic meter space to carry waste and that more such vehicles would be introduced for smooth collection.
We are hoping for better things this year for Indore!
Also, Indore has not left the heritage properties untouched. Read our blog on Gandhi Hall’s Makeover Plan under the Smart City Plan, here