When all else fails, Gandhigiri works, believe the Dwarka residents. Miffed over poor sanitation of one of the largest housing areas of Delhi, the residents for the past one week have been sending 'thank you' and 'get well soon' smses to the two sanitation supervisors posted in their area.
While at present, 500 smses are sent to each supervisor, the Dwarka Forum is gearing up to increase this number to 5,000. They are in talks with 20 market associations and all the 300 societies along with 55 DDA pockets of Dwarka. Once all stakeholders join hands, smses will be sent to the MCD commissioner as well.
The residents have been complaining to the MCD since 2010 about the pitiable sanitation conditions in Dwarka. Dustbins are overflowing and garbage is piling up near schools and roads. "Nothing much has been done for the area," says Rejimon C K, President of the Dwarka Forum.
In June this year, the Lajpat Nagar III residents had also resorted to Gandhigiri to get their work done.
In Dwarka, the residents are taking heart in the fact that Gandhigiri had worked in their favour in October too. The residents were unhappy with the way some speed breakers were built on the Dwarka-Palam flyover and were requesting DDA to sort it out. When their requests reached deaf ears, they resorted to sending bulk sms to DDA officials until they finally consented to fixing it.
According to a senior official at the sanitation department, MCD has already requested the contractor, responsible for collection of garbage to bring more dustbins. Around 66 new bins have arrived over the weekend. "There are some problems with sanitation but work on providing a solution has begun," he said.