Finally, there seems to be some action on ensuring the city is clean, even though it is still on paper. At a meeting between officials of various wings of the administration and the municipal corporation on Friday, Patiala has been divided into seven zones to ensure the success of the Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Interestingly, till now any progress on the success of the mission seemed to have been made only in plush air-conditioned rooms of officials. This seems to be the first organised plan of action to ensure a clean Patiala, but only time can tell if there is real progress on the ground on cleanliness.
Even as zones have been demarcated, there is no progress on identifying a garbage dump site a key problem before the safai karamcharis and those involved in waste management. Heaps of garbage are still seen dumped at various points in the city and are picked up only the next day.
The meeting in this regard was held at the district administrative complex and was jointly chaired by additional deputy commissioner Mahinderpal and mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj along with officials of other departments.
At the meeting, officials were informed that over the past few days, 92 people had been fined for dumping garbage on city roads.
"We have also purchased two tipper trucks and one JCB machine for lifting of garbage," said an MC official.
"Cleanliness cannot be ensured by the corporation or the administration alone. We need people's cooperation, who should stop throwing
garbage on roadsides," said the mayor.
He added the interior parts of the city had been facing the problem of cleanliness and it was important to make sure that NGOs were roped in as part of the process.
Additional deputy commissioner Mahinderpal said they would be issuing some guidelines to officials to ensure effective coordination among various departments to ensure the success of the mission.
"It is now mandatory for officials to present a report after every 15 days on the progress of the campaign in their areas," the ADC added.
Assistant commissioner Simarpreet Kaur, SDM Patiala Gurpal Singh Chahal, SDM Nabha Amarbir Kaur, SDM Rajpura JK Jain, DTO Gurpreet Singh, joint commissioner of the municipal corporation Najar Singh and several other officials also attended the meeting.
Making slow progess
Even as zones have been demarcated, there is no progress on identifying a garbage dump site a key problem faced by safai karamcharis and those involved in waste management
The MC has purchased two tipper trucks and one JCB machine for lifting of garbage
It has been made mandatory for officials to present a report after every 15 days on the progress of the campaign in their areas