Residents of the city came out on streets to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last Gandhi Jayanthi to promote cleanliness.
With an aim to inculcate the habit of cleanliness among students, Noida MLA Vimla Batham swept the premises of a government school in Gijhor village in Sector 53 of Noida, on Friday morning.
“I wanted to tell them (students) the importance of hygiene. One should not shy away from cleaning the area we live in. We must work towards making India clean,” Batham said.
Cleanliness drives were organised across the city, including Sectors 34, 35, 55 and 53 in Noida.
“During the drive, we cleaned the area around the entry gate, premises of the community centre and all the major roads inside the sector. We focused on the areas that were left unattended by sanitation workers. Garbage had piled up on the road sides due to the neglect of the authority,” said Rajeev Chaudhary, general secretary, residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Sector 35.
KK Jain, president of RWA, Sector 34, said men, women, children and the elderly gathered around 8am in the sector for the cleanliness drive. Equipped with brooms, they cleaned the area around their houses and pledged to keep the city clean.
However, the cleanliness drive has remained a one-day affair in the city. Residents complained that officials concerned have not ensured protocols to keep the city free from filth.
“Residents are doing their bit, but the Noida authority has not ensured proper garbage disposal system. This is the reason why we are unable to get rid of dirt from the streets. There must be a concrete plan to solve the issue,” said NP Singh, president of federation of Noida residents’ welfare association (FONRWA).