The Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation is all set to collect garbage directly from households across the various wards of the city. Officials of the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation stated that this initiative is being conducted on the lines of the cleanliness drive at Indore, the cleanest city of India.
Earlier in May this year, Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation had declared Indore to be the cleanest city of India.
CP Singh, Municipal Commissioner of Ghaziabad said that initially 40 wards shall be covered through this initiative. Fifteen wards belong to the SIS Hindon Area while the rest of the 25 wards lie in the Trans Hindon Area including Vaishali and Vasundhara.
According to municipal officials, door to door garbage collection shall rid the city of mounting garbage dumps. Comparing Ghaziabad to Indore, Singh said that the dynamics of both the cities are fairly similar. “Both are industrial cities with affinities in terms of area and population. Through my visits to Indore, I have gathered that the city has become the country’s cleanest city through a combination of government initiatives and responsible civic behavior of the people,” he added.
Municipal officials have said that the vehicles and instruments required for this initiative have already been procured and the actual activity shall commence from the second week of October. A minimal monthly charge shall be levied on the households and commercial spaces, which are essentially the beneficiaries of this initiative. The charges will be different for residential and commercial areas.
Speaking to City Spidey, residents from various wards have said that the efficacy of this initiative will depend upon the level of professionalism and sincerity with which it is actually executed. Officials have also urged individuals, NGOs and other organisations to participate in terms of ensuring better implementation and outcomes.