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Venkaiah Naidu reviews state of cleanliness in Delhi

NEW DELHI || Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu today urged the Delhi Government and the municipal bodies to step up systemic efforts to make substantial difference to sanitation in the National Capital of Delhi through effective coordination among all the concerned agencies. Shri Naidu reviewed at length performance under Swachh Bharat Mission in Delhi at a two-hour long meeting.

venkChief Secretary and Secretaries of various departments of Government of NCT , Commissioners of four municipal bodies, CEO of Delhi Cantonment, Vice-chairman of DDA, CMD of DMRC, senior officials from railways, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Police and CPWD attended the review meeting. Naidu informed the top brass of Delhi Administration that the public perception about cleanliness in the national capital is still adverse and needs to be changed at the earliest.

He urged the municipal commissioners to ensure proper deployment and monitoring of 65,000 safai workers stating that the output is not commensurate with the number. Concerned officials informed the minister that due to non-availability of land in unauthorized colonies and JJ clusters, municipal bodies are focusing on construction of community and public toilets instead of constructing individual household toilets.

Naidu suggested to the Chief Secretary to set up a Committee to survey such areas for availability of land for proceeding further in the matter. Chief Secretary assured Venkaiah Naidu that action for acquiring land suggested by DDA for the purpose of landfills will be expedited.

The Minister also suggested to the Chief Secretary to examine the Japanese model of burning municipal solid waste without environmental consequences in view of limited availability of land for dumping such waste. On the suggestion of Naidu, DMRC and NDMC agreed to consider setting up a Waste to Energy Plant. The Minister asked DDA to examine entrusting maintenance of major parks to Resident Welfare Associations as guardians.