Swachh Hyderabad with 1,000 cr

The spirit of cleanliness is all set to catch up in Hyderabad with the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao embarking on an ambitious project for making it the cleanliest global city with an outlay of Rs 1000 crores. Sought to be implemented on lines of the national cleanliness drive, the new initiative to be christened “Swachh Telangana- Swachh Hyderabad” will be a programme for all.

A decision to this effect was taken by the Chief Minister at a review meeting held with top bureaucrats and officials at his camp office on Wednesday. The programme to be launched officially by the Governor, E S L Narasimhan on May 16 will be implemented in mission mode till May 20 in the first phase. Ensuring effective monitoring of the drive, the city will be divided into 400 zones, each with persons in-charge tasked with the responsibility of making it foolproof and a total success.

Even the Governor, Chief Secretary, ministers, important public representatives, officials and a host of others would be shouldering its responsibility. Each zone would be spread over one and half square kilometer area and the person in-charge would spearhead the campaign with the support of a 15 member committee constituted mainly with the residents of the respective localities. An army of over 6000 people would shoulder the task of taking the campaign to the nook and corner thus giving the city a new look.

The person in-charge of the committee would plan the activities and send reports to the government seeking assistance. The persons in charge of the program would be given training on May 6. GHMC will assist committees. The committees led by persons in charge would tour respective localities on stock taking mission prior to the implementation of the programme and identify works – such as maintenance of drains, toilets, establishment of urinals, maintenance of streets, parks, cleaning of dumping yards and garbage collection – to be taken up.

The committees will decide what government should do and what the private persons should do. The government will provide funds through the GHMC to the committees. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said that it was not just the responsibility of the government to keep Hyderabad clean and it needs people’s participation. He said the government would rope in film artists to create awareness. He asked the director, Department of Cultural affairs to make plans to reach out to the public with song and dance.

KCR directed officials to use the media and theaters to take the message to people. He said that except traffic staff, all the police should participate in the programme. He welcomed greater participation from the army, SCR employees, State government and Central government undertakings. He called upon the all companies, multiplexes, hospitals and to also participate.

Source: Metro India

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