Doon civic body to go in for night sweeping operations from Oct
Prior to this, the DMC had initiated trials for lifting of waste from municipal dustbins at night hours in August. The state capital generates approximately 350 metric tons of solid waste on a daily basis.dehradun Updated: Sep 19, 2017 21:13 IST
Dehradun: The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) will begin night sweeping operations in selected parts of the city from October on a pilot basis.
The plan to broom the main road and commercial areas will be rolled out on the lines of Delhi except for the mechanical road sweepers that are used in the national capital. It is tentatively scheduled to be launched on the third anniversary of the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2.
The night sweeping drill is expected to give a push to cleanliness in the state capital and will initially be launched in 10 of the city’s 60 municipal wards that are included in the Dehradun’s Smart City plan. Dehradun had been ranked 316 out of 434 cities in the Swachh Survekshan 2017 conducted as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Prior to this, the DMC had initiated trials for lifting of waste from municipal dustbins at night hours in August. The state capital generates approximately 350 metric tons of solid waste on a daily basis.
Dehradun mayor Vinod Chamoli said that around 100 km of collective road length will be covered under the pilot for night sweeping. “Carrying out night sweeping will not only improve overall cleanliness in the selected areas but will also help reduce pollution and dust caused by sweeping activity during the morning and day hours,” said he.
“Based on the response to the pilot phase, we will plan on extending it (night sweeping) to other parts of the city too,” said Chamoli, who is also a lawmaker from Dehradun’s Dharampur constituency.
Kailash Gunjyal, senior municipal health officer of the DMC, said that initially, the civic body would launch it on a “manual mode” after which it was planning to “introduce mechanised operations” later. “For now, we are constituting special committees for undertaking the night exercise under which we will be roping in around 75 sanitation workers as well as some supervisors to monitor the execution,” said Gunjyal.
Locals welcomed the plan with cautious optimism. “Once roads are swept during night hours, residents will wake up to cleaner roads in the mornings. Also, less dust and pollution will be beneficial, especially for school going children, elderly and morning walkers,” said Mahesh Bhandari, president of Doon Residents’ Welfare Front, an umbrella body of resident welfare bodies of Dehradun. He, however, called for “strict monitoring” of the plan.
As per the Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board of Uttarakhand data, the average amount of PM 10 (Particulate Matter up to 10 micron in size) or small suspended particles in air that are harmful for respiration, was found to be two or even three times the standard figure of 100 microgram per cubic metre per day at some locations in Dehradun.