Aimed at fixing accountability and encouraging public participation, the district administration has chalked out a sanitation drive on experiment basis.
According to the plan, area under the jurisdiction of the Karnal municipal corporation will be divided in 20 beats and nodal officers have been designated to ensure cleanliness in their respective beats.
Deputy commissioner Vikas Yadav, who is ex-offico commissioner of the local MC, said on Tuesday that the boards with names and cell numbers of the nodal officers would be displayed in each beat and people would be encouraged to contact them if they were unsatisfied with the sanitation.
Besides written information if a particular area is maintained by the public department or an outsourced agency, the boards will also contain several sweepers designated in the respective beats.
Sanitary daroga and inspectors have also been designated for effective implementation of the drive in the beats.
While the old locality is under the MC, the sectors are maintained by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).
Both MC and HUDA have their own regular manpower and also they have outsourced sweepers through private contractors for the maintenance of respective areas.
Sanitation was one of the major problems in the city, but the administration had chosen only the MC jurisdiction for experimentation, Yadav said.
Recently, the state vigilance bureau had registered a case under the MC officials who were allegedly in connivance with private contractor siphoning of public money.
Several discrepancies were found and sanitation system was almost collapsed in the city, Yadav said.
Disposal of garbage was another problem as the sweepers of HUDA, MC and private agencies preferred to burn the collected garbage in the city, he said.
As the solid waste management plant inaugurated by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in 2012 is still non-functional, the administration has no plan for the safe disposal of the garbage.
However, the administration hoped that the new system would help in curbing the problem of garbage collection and full presence of sweepers.
“We have deputed executive engineers (XEns) and sub divisional officers (SDOs) as nodal officers and they have been directed to conduct surprise check and submit a weekly report of their respective beats,” Yadav said.
“In case an outsourced sweeper is found absent from work, his two-day salary will be deducted while departmental action will be ensured against a government sanitation employee found absent in the field,” Yadav said.