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‘Drainage, sanitation two main focus areas’: Deputy commissioner Amit Khatri

Khatri had earlier served as the additional commissioner of the MCG from July 2016 to May 2017, when he played a key role in introducing online payments of property tax, establishing a connection with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which paved the way for developments such as usage of plastic in constructing roads, and mandating the planting of trees in front of each new house.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 03, 2019, 07:56 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Amit Khatri, Gurugram Deputy Commissioner (DC), in Gurugram, India.
Amit Khatri, Gurugram Deputy Commissioner (DC), in Gurugram, India.(Yogendra Kumar / Hindustan Times)

Deputy commissioner Amit Khatri, a 2011 batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, took additional charge as the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) commissioner on Tuesday morning. Khatri succeeds Vinay Singh, a 2003 batch IAS officer, who served as the MCG commissioner for less than three weeks.

Khatri had earlier served as the additional commissioner of the MCG from July 2016 to May 2017, when he played a key role in introducing online payments of property tax, establishing a connection with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), which paved the way for developments such as usage of plastic in constructing roads, and mandating the planting of trees in front of each new house.

Khatri spoke to Hindustan Times about learning from his past experience in the MCG and handling two demanding jobs at the same time.

Q- What are your immediate areas of focus in the MCG?

A- My immediate areas of focus would be desilting drains and improving sanitation. These are two issues I would want to dedicate the most amount of my time to. Especially with monsoon around the corner, desilting should be the top priority of any civic body. For sanitation, we would use the assistance of residents extensively.
Based on the complaints of residents, wherever the door-to-door collection of waste, garbage collection points, or street cleaning is not up to the mark, we would execute changes, and try to ensure that the communication between residents and officials is increased for redressal.
I have been given an update on sanitation facilities by senior MCG officials. Overall, I want to give the city a cleaner look during my tenure.

Q- As the deputy commissioner, you were apprised by MCG officials on June 13 that only 241 of 350 kilometres of arterial stormwater drains across the city are likely to be desilted by June 30. Any update on this?

A- On my first day as MCG commissioner, I did review desilting preparations. I also took an update from the engineering wing officials about the matter. I was informed that it is not necessary to desilt drains completely every year, as patchwork can help ensure rainwater does not accumulate on the surface. I will be verifying this claim personally, by visiting some of the sites.
Simultaneously, I was also told that work on the 241-kilometre drains is nearing completion, while work on the remaining 109 kilometres is underway. We will try to ensure that none of the critical points experience waterlogging this season, and as a precautionary measure, keep necessary backup vis-a-vis equipment and manpower ready beforehand to counter it.

Q- During your year-long tenure as the additional municipal commissioner, service-related apps and online payment methods were introduced. Can we expect an increase in the MCG’s digital footprint?

A- It will definitely one of my endeavours. Just like two years ago, I would want to spend some time in the MCG first to understand the various types of requirements in online services that citizens need. Once that is clear, necessary tie-ups with private companies and assistance services would be identified in due time.

Q- Given that both jobs you have are highly demanding, how do you intend to find a balance?

A- I would be relying on senior officers, both in the district administration and the MCG, for guidance and also to get the work done. In both departments, officers and officials are competent, and hence, handling both the jobs would not be hard.

Q- You had personally recommended setting up vertical gardens at key traffic junctions in Gurugram following your trip to Bengaluru in 2017. Any plans to give this project a push?

A- Vertical gardens are definitely something that I have plans for, among other things that are inspired by not just the BBMP but civic agencies across the country as well as Haryana. In time, residents will start seeing some development pertaini

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