A day after chief minister Yogi Adityanath paid a surprise visit to Hazratganj police station in Lucknow, police in Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar districts also began cleaning up their respective police stations and nearby areas on Friday.
In Ghaziabad, cleaning drives began at the district police office, Harsaon police lines, and police stations and police posts across the city on early Friday morning.
Hundreds of police personnel, new recruits and officers brought in vehicles, including trucks, to carry away the rubbish collected and began cleaning everything from old dusty files, to toilets and walls and even refilled sand in the fire-extinguishing buckets.
“The drive will now be undertaken every Friday and all personnel will come for ‘shramdaan’ to clean their offices. This Friday, the drive began at 6am. Defunct generator sets were ordered to be repaired, plants were watered and weeds removed,” said Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic).
“Provision of water and cleaning of toilets was also ordered after toilets were found dirty and taps defunct, leading to wastage of water. Orders were given to set these right immediately. Some repair work was also ordered to make office surroundings neat and clean,” Kumar added.
The police personnel also pulled down banners and posters on the roadsides near the district police office. All the material was collected and taken away in police trucks.
On Thursday morning, the district magistrate had also spent nearly an hour undertaking an exhaustive inspection of the district headquarters to speed up the cleanliness process. The district headquarters and district police office are both visited by over 5,000-6,000 people daily.
In Lucknow, the chief minister had said that his visit to Hazratganj was not his last inspection, but was just the beginning. He had also directed officials to be punctual and maintain cleanliness in all government offices, apart from directing for a complete ban on chewing of pan masala and gutka in government offices.
On Friday, the Gautam Budh Nagar police personnel too picked up brooms and cleaned up their respective police stations.
All 22 police stations in the district conducted cleanliness drives in their premises and took a pledge to keep their surroundings clean. A similar drive was also conducted in the senior superintendent of police’s office at Surajpur.
“We cleaned our police stations, reorganised all our records and documents and swept the police station premises with a broom. A pledge was administered to all police personnel by the station in- charges on Friday morning,” said Vinay Prakash Singh, in charge, Sector 24 police station.
He too said the cleanliness exercise in police stations will be carried out once every week.