To assess the progress of the cleanliness campaign in Dwarka, South Delhi Municipal Corporation has undertaken a cleanliness survey under the initiative of the Ministry of Urban Development. The survey, which is happening nationally, has been named Swachhta Sarvekshan.
Under the survey, which is happening across the country, residents, RWAs and market associations have been given out forms, with questions regarding the hygiene conditions prevailing in the area. The filled-out forms are to be collected by the corporation officials.
But residents and RWAs feel the survey has little meaning, since there has been no real work on the ground. These pictures taken from across the sub-city by a City Spidey reporter in fact confirm that the city remains pretty much the same on hygiene parameters, with very little progress made.
In front of Sector 4 market
Many societies have not received the forms, allege residents. AK Parashar, a resident of Sri Agrasen Apartments, Sector 7, who has been following up the matter of sanitation with the SDMC for his area, said, “Only five forms have been given out to our society. How do all the residents of my society give their feedback. Also, there has been no awareness about the survey.”
Overflowing dustbins in front of Metro View Apartments in Sector 13
Speaking on the government’s Swachhta App, Parashar said, “The app is slow and needs a lot of improvement. It has space for just one photo at a time. Complaints take a lot of time to get resolved. Complaints registered on holidays, I think, are seen only on working days. I feel the SDMC should have its own app. The system of having multiple agencies for cleaning out garbage should be abolished, and only one agency should be made responsible for cleanliness.”
At the Sector 7 vacant plot behind Maxfort School
A resident of Sri Vinayak Apartments in Sector 10 and a member of Federation of Cooperative Group Housing Society (CGHS), Nidhi Gupta, shared, “I am not sure whether these forms will actually mean anything! It’s just eyewash to keep the public occupied. They had to justify the implementation of Rs 200 for sanitation charges. The officials will find a hundred ways of extracting public money! And have a thousand excuses for not being able to do their jobs!”
Almost all roads of the sub-city look like this
Advocate KS Bhati, president of Federation of RWAs of Sector 9, and president of Ganpati Apartments, added, “Instead of the survey, the SDMC should show seriousness in actually working at the grassroots level. This is just a stunt and nothing else!”
The dustbin at Sector 10 market
T Sampat Kumar, a resident of Shivam Apartments in Sector 12, said, however, feels differently. “We hope Swachhta Sarvekshan will provide valuable lessons and throw up practical solutions to make Delhi a cleaner place. This is not rocket science! All of us should be blamed for poor quality of implementation of the waste-disposal system. Dwarka is made of CGHSs and RWAs, which are like mini-republics, and thus, they must contribute towards social development programmes. We need changes at the core.”
A vacant plot near HMM Employees' Apartments and Rajnigandha Apartments in Sector 10