NEW DELHI: Taking Modi’s ambitious ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ project to the next level, the city administration has decided to remove to all encroachments from footpaths across the national capital. And LG Najeeb Jung on Monday ordered the Delhi Police to remove all encroachments from the footpaths.
The footpaths across the national capital, even in Lutyens’ Delhi areas, are encroached by hawkers and shopkeepers. And clearing the encroachments from the footpaths is the task of the administration and Municipal Corporation but when they failed to do so, the L-G asked police to pitch in. Jung said in order to achieve the aim of turning Delhi into a world-class international city, coupled with the task of fulfilling the promise of making Delhi clean by 2019, there cannot be any complacency on the part of the government machinery or the local bodies.
A meeting chaired by Jung on Monday also decided to set up a control room at the Secretariat, where citizens can register their complaints about garbage being not picked up or removed. Further, the L-G ordered that Secretaries and various department heads be appointed as nodal officers in charge of all cleanliness related matters of the department. The nodal officers will have to send weekly reports of work done with visual evidence of the work done.
Jung has asked Chief Secretary D M Spolia to set up the control room, deploy staff and put in place the mechanism for receiving calls, messages or information related to cleanliness. “There has to be visible improvement, supported by evidence. There is no scope for complacency. It is our mandate as a government to deliver a clean city to our citizenry,” Jung said.
The Deputy Commissioners have been also directed to verify the work done in their districts and submit an independent report to the LG, Chief Secy and Urban Development Secretary. Further, all officials, including the Secretaries shall be out on the field on October 25 for ensuring cleanliness and sanitation and they must submit a report at the end of the day. The PWD was asked to pay attention to roads, central verges etc.