Heat on Chandigarh sanitary inspectors as MC forms watch panels

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2015 09:48 IST
UT adviser Vijay Dev during his visit to Sector 41 in Chandigarh on August 13. (HT Photo)

From November 30, if your neighbourhood is not clean enough, the municipal corporation sanitarily inspector concerned may face suspension. The MC has constituted sanitation monitoring committees, one for each sector, which will conduct inspections and submit weekly report on cleanliness to the joint commissioner.

The eight-member committees have representatives from resident welfare associations (RWA), market welfare associations, besides the area councillor as members.

The committees were formed in the wake of regular complaints from residents about lack of cleanliness. Councillors too had been flagging the issue in House meetings. UT adviser Vijay Dev too had recently issued directions to the MC officials to address the problem at the earliest.

In the MC House meeting held last month, some councillors alleged that officials were cleaning those areas only where UT adviser had planned a visit.

Speaking to HT, assistant commissioner, MC, Bhupesh Chaudhary, said, “From November 30, the committees will submit weekly report to me. In case, the committee report is not satisfactory, sanitary inspector will face suspension. Even area residents can approach the committee with complaints. Names of members of committee will soon be uploaded on the MC’s website.”

Medical officer health, MC, Dr Parminder Bhatti, said the committee members would check lanes, markets and also keep a watch on the sweepers. “The new arrangement will be effective in ensuring cleanliness,” he said.

The UT adviser’s directions

On January 29, this year, UT adviser Vijay Dev visited the garbage processing plant in Sector 25 and issued a slew of directions to the MC officials and asked them to prepare an action plan for effective garbage collection. Dev even suggested to receive complaints on social messaging application, WhatsApp, to expose lapses on staff ’s part and devise a proper system to optimise the use of vehicles of the MC.

No colour-coded bins

In spite of clear instructions from the Chandigarh Pollution Control Board, the MC has not yet placed colour-coded bins in meat and vegetable markets of the city. The directions were given to ensure segregation of different types of garbage at collection points.

In 2002, the MC had proposed as many as 132 sehaj safaikendras in different sectors but only 35 such centres have been formed so far. The city produces about 250 tonnes of garbage daily.

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