Greater Noida: School children took a pledge on Thursday to make the city open defecation free in a gathering chaired by the CEO of the Greater Noida Authority Narendra Bhooshan.
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has been working endlessly to inculcate behavioral changes regarding open defecation and waste segregation in the city under the Swacch Bharat Abhi yan. In order to do the same, it has been organising workshops at various places in the city.
The authority is working with a Gurugram-based NGO, Feedback India, in zone 1 for creating awareness among the residents about waste segregation and open defecation. On Thursday, a program attended by a large gathering was held in Jaitpur Vaishpur area of Greater Noida.
The students from government schools of the area were the spirits of the program. They welcomed the speakers with bouquets and smiling faces and took out a swacch rally to promote cleanliness.
The GNIDA CEO wishes to eliminate manual scavenging, open defecation and strict enforcement of solid waste management rules. The NGO has been asked to work in these directions using innovative techniques to engage people. Feedback India along with a Mumbai-based NGO, All India Institute of Local Self-Government, will also help the authority to implement its sanitation policy which was formed last year.
Greater Noida has 124 villages and is spread across 30,000 hectares with 80 per cent sewage network while the remaining area relies on septic tanks. The authority has framed a policy to deal with it.