In an attempt to gift a cleaner city to its residents and the visitors during Durga Puja, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to remove the garbage dumps (vats) from the main thoroughfares.
“We will remove 70-80 vats that are now placed on the main roads and use those in lanes and by-lanes during the festive month of October,” Debabrata Majumder, member, mayor-incouncil (solid waste management) told HT.
Apart from removing the vats, KMC will also launch its 16 movable compactors for the first time and place around 500 large-sized 1,100 litre compactor friendly garbage bins at the main crossroads.
“We will also depute our men at all major Puja pandals to ensure cleanliness during the days of festivity. And this service would also require support from the organisers and visitors,” the MMiC (solid waste management) said.
To name a few major pujas fairs where additional conservancy workforce would undertake evening clearing of garbage are Md Ali Park, Santosh Mitra Park, Park Circus Maidan, Bagbazar, Bosepukur, Ekdalia, Suruchi Sangha, etc.
In a unique initiative, Majumder is personally visiting all the 15 borough offices under KMC jurisdiction to meet the chairmen and chairpersons, councillors, conservancy assistant directors and supervisors to chalk out garbage disposal plans during the festive days.
According to senior officials attached with the solid waste management department, Kolkata Police also had sent a list of vat points that needs to be cleaned during the Durga Puja days.
“Joint commissioner of police (headquarters) Rajeev Mishra have written to us requesting quick disposal of garbage during the Durga Puja. He had enclosed a detailed list of vat points that needs immediate attention,” a senior official attached with the solid waste management told HT.
Mishra’s suggestion of few vat points that needs early attention includes those at Harish Chatterjee Road, Kalighat, Alipore Road, Chetla Bridge, Chetla Bazar, Canal Road, etc.
Another out-of-the-way decision has been initiated to ensure full-proof cleaning and removal of garbage early from Kolkata streets during the festivity by arranging additional workforce from outside the regular workers including the labourers under the 100-days urban employment guarantee scheme.
“We are also engaging 500-550 workers to keep the city clean till the three-day Bakri Eid festival is over,” the MMiC added.