Declaring that cleanliness efforts should take the form of a mass-based campaign, mayor Krishna Murari Moghe said sanitation-related issues could not be resolved without the cooperation of residents.
Moghe's remarks came shortly after he himself wielded the broom during a citywide sanitation drive on Saturday morning. No matter how many resources the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) devotes, the city cannot be kept clean without the residents' assistance and involvement, he said.
Moghe urged residents to ensure that garbage was dumped only in waste bins during the cleanup organised at all 69 municipal wards.
The mayor swept the streets at a sanitation drive at Usha Nagar and Timber Market on Dhar Road. He was accompanied by municipal commissioner Rakesh Singh and, at various points, MLA Malini Gaud, BJP national general secretary P Murlidhar Rao and local corporators.
Addressing a gathering at Pancham ki Fel, Moghe recounted an incident during Raghwendra Singh's tenure as district collector. "During an inspection, we were just commenting on how clean a backlane was when a woman walked out of her house and threw a bucketful of garbage," he recalled.
Dustbins were distributed to residents during Moghe's visit to Rambali Nagar during the drive that lasted for the entire day. The IMC, as well as the district administration, have pulled up their socks after the high court expressed its dissatisfaction over the state of sanitation during a hearing on a petition on ineffective solid waste management.