After Noida was not mentioned in a list of clean cities released by the Central government, the federation of Noida residents’ welfare association (FONRWA) directed all RWAs in Noida to conduct weekly cleanliness drives in their respective sectors.
FONRWA has also decided to survey all sectors of Noida and award the cleanest sector.
Recently, under the Swachh Bharat mission, the Central government released a list of Indian cities ranked on cleanliness level, from ascending to descending order. Indore in Madhya Pradesh was adjudged the cleanest city and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh was ranked the filthiest.
However, Noida residents said they were pained after not finding their city on the list. “Even Ghaziabad and Faridabad have been mentioned but Noida has been left out. We are concerned by this, being active torch bearers of this city’s civil society,” AN Dhawan, general secretary, FONRWA, said.
On Friday, FONRWA conducted a meeting with its office bearers in which it was decided that all RWAs in Noida will conduct a weekly cleanliness drive in their respective sectors.
“Noida is struggling with the problem of garbage management and disposal. We often see heaps of garbage lying outside various sectors. We have sent a circular to RWA representatives of all sectors to conduct weekly cleanliness drives in their areas,” said Dhawan.
The RWAs will have to manage their staff and ensure proper disposal of garbage.
“Not just the staff but residents should also volunteer to clean their surroundings as the responsibility for creating a Swachh Bharat falls on all of us,” said Dhawan.
FONRWA will also conduct a survey of all the sectors in the near future and then rank the cleanest sector in Noida. “FONRWA members will visit each sector in a month and then extend help to RWAs that require it. We will highlight and incentivise the RWA that has ensured the cleanest area of all,” said NP Singh, president, FONRWA.
Many RWAs gave a favourable response to the circular issued by FONRWA. “We will try our best to achieve the top rank among all of Noida’s RWAs. This way, Noida will also become a cleaner city, like Indore,” Sanjeev Kumar, general secretary, Sector 51 RWA, said.