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KMC chalks out a plan to sweep Kolkata clean

Sandip Chowdhury , Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 20, 2013
First Published: 11:17 IST(20/9/2013) | Last Updated: 11:24 IST(20/9/2013)

Mamata Banerjee’s government is leaving no stone unturned to woo investors to Bengal.

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And her latest attempt is the introduction of ‘evening services for conservancy work’ in the central business district, in a bid to ensure a cleaner Kolkata.

Mamata had personally asked municipal commissioner Khalil Ahmed to introduce such services, which are in practice in two of the ‘tech’ cities in the south - Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

Accordingly, the solid waste management department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), also governed by Trinamool Congress, had just started the services in the Dalhousie Square as a pilot project.

“We have already engaged an additional workforce of 50 men to sweep the roadside channels, empty the overfilled fibre-glass large bins placed at strategic points and also the open garbage dumps (vats) every evening at the Dalhousie area,” the member, mayor-incouncil (solid waste management) Debabrata Majumder told HT.

According to of ficials attached to the pilot project, the evening services introduced for the first time in Kolkata starts off at 2 pm and continues till 8 pm.

Highlighting the purpose of such a move, Majumder added, “Our wish is to give a positive image about Kolkata to investors and visitors - both domestic and foreign.”

Locations in the central business district have been divided into five different zones (see box) headed by a supervisor and manned by 10 mazdoors each.

“A fulltime assistant director has been engaged to oversee the ‘evening services’ in the central business district only to emphasise the seriousness of the work undertaken,” a senior official of the solid waste management department told HT.

If the pilot project becomes a successful venture, KMC bosses have plans to extend the ‘evening service of conservancy work’ facilities to other areas of the city.

“In the south, we want to cover up the Gariahat zone first and in the north our priority is to cover up the Shyambazar zone under this scheme of evening services,” a senior KMC official added.

According to the MMiC, neither of the bigger metros like New Delhi, Mumbai or Chennai have introduced such facilities to ensure a cleaner and better city round the clock.


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