Seeking to regain its lost political ground in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party targeted the BJP-ruled municipal corporations in Delhi for their alleged failure to ensure a clean city despite a 100-day cleaning drive and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Party convener Arvind Kejriwal tweeted on Tuesday, “BJP has been in power in MCD for last 7 years. Will they clean it up now as per PM’s wishes? wud swacch bharat mean only shramdan on 2 oct or does it mean really having clean India? Ultimately, cleaning has to be done by MCD.”
Kejriwal tweeted photographs of garbage and filth on the city streets.
Hours later, AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh along with other party leaders of the Delhi state unit met the three municipal mayors of the and submitted 3,000 photographs of areas falling under their jurisdiction.
East, North and the South Delhi municipal corporations had launched a cleanliness drive on August 19 for 100 days. After the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched on October 2, the AAP had asked Delhiites to send photos of garbage or filth in their area to a new helpline, 8588833540.
“People from across Delhi sent us over 3,000 photographs on our WhatsApp helpline. They showed places where cleaning had not been undertaken, spots where garbage had been dumped and dirty roads and drains. We have urged the mayors to initiate immediate action,” said Manish Sisodia.
The party uploaded the photographs on its website and asked residents to send more pictures and check the status of their complaint.
The AAP sought regularisation of the sanitation department staff. “There are many employees who have not been regularised. Some of the contractual labourers allege untimely payment of salaries. No cleanliness drive can achieve success without strengthening the cleaning staff. We demand better working conditions and remuneration for the sanitation staff,” said Sisodia.
The mayors assured the AAP leaders that all spots would soon be cleaned. “We will forward the complaints to the deputy commissioners of each zone to check and clean the sites. It is an ongoing process and better results are possible only through public participation,” said Yogender Chandolia, mayor, North Corporation.
In the ongoing drive, the amount of garbage being collected by the north Corporation has gone up to 3,500 tonnes from 2,800 tonnes, from 2,000 tonnes to 2,700 tonnes in east Delhi and from 2,700 tonnes to 3,500 tonnes in south Delhi.