After making it to the Smart City list last month, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC)has begun a mega clean-up drive in an attempt to make the city spick-and-span. From slums to malls, abattoirs to shrines and roads to railway station, the clean-up drive has been implemented across every nook and corner of the city.
Over three lakh residents, divided into 20 teams, are part of the drive that will be conducted between October 1 and 23.
With the theme “My home my city” the mayor and the civic commissioner have appealed to the residents to clean the city, as if it were their own home.
Not just residents, those participating in the drive include civic officials, elected representatives, political party workers, residents, NGOs, government organisations, private organisations and school students.
Sanjeev Jaiswal, civic commissioner, said, “The drive began with the cleaning of chowks, traffic islands, flyovers, the space below, main roads and national highways. We will pick up the debris from across the city on October 10 and 11.”
To dispose of the debris and help with the clean-up, the solid waste management department is set to hire 1,500 extra employees.
It will also make provision for JCBs and dumpers to be used in wards to carry the debris generated in the drive to dumpsites, claimed sources.
High pressure jet machine and a water tanker will be hired for every ward to wash the roads and dividers. All the equipment and safety gears for the clean-up drive will be provided by the corporation.
Jaiswal said, “We have appealed to the railways, state transport department, residential societies, private offices, NGOs, forest department, auto rickshaw unions, mall and hotel owners to support and participate in the drive.”
The civic chief also said that a clean-up mascot would be created and publicised through the social media to reach out to the younger generation.
Commenting on the drive, Thane mayor Sanjay More said, “It should be a movement among the residents, who will not only clean the city on the slotted days but also continue to keep it clean after the drive concludes.”
The centre included Thane in the third list of cities to be developed as smart cities on September 20.
This inclusion will ensure that the city becomes eligible for a grant of Rs1,000 crore, of which 50% will be provided by the centre itself.
The TMC intends to mainly use this budget to construct urban restrooms and community toilets to free the city of open defecation to keep the city clean.