Swachh Bharat mission officially launched

  • HT Correspondent, BBC, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2014 22:28 IST

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched by the municipal corporation (MC) by oragnising an event and rally at RS Model Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana on Thursday. Local bodies department secretary Ashok Gupta commenced the drive.

Hundreds of students were administered oath during the event, in which mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and MC commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agarwal also motivated students and staff to keep the city clean.

Ashok Gupta said, “By 2017, all cities of the state will have 100% water supply, better sewerage system, sewage treatment plants, night shelters, bus shelters, solid waste management and other such facilities.” He said the Punjab government would engage a company named Engineers India Ltd that would conduct a comprehensive study on cleaning of Budha Nullah.

Addressing the students, Gohalwaria said it was the duty of all city residents to make sure that Ludhiana remained clean and green. “Students are nation's foundation and we should all inculcate a feeling of maintaining cleanliness amidst their minds, so that it becomes a routine phenomena for them,” he said.

Gupta congratulated the MC for maintaining cleanliness on city roads all day on Thursday. “As I entered the city in the morning, the city looked much cleaner as compared to past 10 years. But, it should become a daily affair,” he said.
Meanwhile, the staff of MC Zone-B office took an oath under the supervision of zonal commissioner Kamlesh Bansal to keep their surroundings clean.

DC office

Additional deputy commissioner (general) Amrit Kaur Gill also administered oath to officers and staff of deputy commissioner's office at the mini-secretariat. Speaking on the occasion, she appealed to the officers to maintain cleanliness not only at their homes, but also at workplaces.

Health department

Under the supervision of civil surgeon, a pledge was taken by the officers and employees of health department at civil surgeon's office. The officers and employee were asked to keep their surroundings clean. Assistant civil surgeon Dr KS Saini said, “The staff took oath to keep the surroundings clean and will do cleaning two hours a week.”

Dewan Hospital

Dewan Hospital participated in the much-needed movement to clean the face of the country defaced by our bad attitude. The hospital staff led by Dr Narotam Dewan cleaned the surroundings of Dandi Swami Mandir, Civil Lines.

Ludhiana Rehri Phari Federation

Members of the Rehri Phari Federation and their family members conducted cleanliness drive in the city. Federation president Tiger Singh and vice-president Vijay Kumar said they would ensure that they would not throw any litter on roads and public places. They, along with other people, cleaned the area near Clock Tower.

PSPCL, post offices

Meanwhile, staff of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), post offices and other government offices also participated in the drive. The staff of department of water supply and sanitation also took oath under the supervision of executive engineer Jaswinder Singh Chahal.

Special programme by MC and A2Z

MC and A2Z group successfully organised a programme on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Nishkam Vidya Mandir at Ambedkar Nagar. Students took oath to keep surroundings clean. A2Z vice-president BPS Chauhan said, “We need to first change our mindset first regarding cleanliness.”

MC and A2Z also conducted cleanliness drive in Zennath Colony near Haibowal under Swachh Bharat Abhyiaan. Residents appreciated the work done by MC and requested them to maintain it in future too.

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