Ghaziabad mayor Ashu Verma roped in resources from the municipal corporation to initiate a cleanliness drive on the 66th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The drive will end in a fortnight, on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, officials said.
Under the fortnight-long cleanliness drive, the corporation staff and officials will supervise the cleanliness drive that is to be undertaken at major roads, main markets, drains and their desilting, cleanliness of government offices and other places.
Under the cleanliness drive plan, the mayor has proposed cleaning all the flyovers in the city including important ones at Mohan Nagar, ALT intersection, Brij Vihar and Karhera among others. The railway crossings that will be taken up for cleaning includes those at Sahibabad, Maharajpur, Kot Gaon and Gaushala, among others, officials said.
Similarly, under the plan, the cleanliness drive is also scheduled to be carried out at the main post office, Navyug Market, district courts, municipal corporation office, Ghaziabad development authority headquarters, police stations, Mahamaya stadium and electricity offices, among others. Nearly 20 statues of freedom fighters, martyrs and other eminent personalities will also be cleaned during the fortnight-long drive, officials said.
“This is in continuation of Swacch Bharat Abhiyan and also to keep the momentum going for cleanliness in our country. The officials will supervise the activity and will ensure clean surroundings across the city. The drive will help clean up underpasses, railway crossings and other public places as well. All the garbage will be transported to the landfill site and the cleaning activity will be carried out in all five zones as per a schedule,” Verma said.
Besides the start of the fortnight-long drive on PM’s birthday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) city unit also visited ashrams (hermitage) and distributed fruits to the poor. BJP members also visited slum areas and paid a mark of respect to people from the lower strata of society by honouring them with flowers and shawls.
“We visited the slums, where we cleaned up the temples. We also set up an eye checkup camp at Vijay Nagar and a camp near the old bus stand where nearly 600 persons downloaded the ‘Modi app’ on their mobiles. With the app, people were able to wish the PM on his birthday. The app also contains other features,” said Ajay Sharma, city president of BJP.
BJP members and residents of Shalimar Garden also assembled at Ram temple and performed rituals for a ‘yagya’ and prayed for the long life of Prime Minister Modi. The event was also attended by Dr Ramesh Chandra Tomar, former Ghaziabad MP.