More needs to be done for clean India, say BJP councillors

Councillors of the Bharatiya Janata Party are themselves not happy with the progress made under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Taking a dig at the BJP, Leader of Opposition Mukesh Goel said: “If the Swachhta Abhiyan is not taken seriously by councillors then Modi will dissolve the municipal corporation.”
The matter was raised by councillors of both the ruling and opposition parties in the Standing Committee meeting on Wednesday.

“We need more gardeners to clean parks in the areas under the north civic agency,” said Bharat Bhushan Madan, a councillor from Moti Nagar.

“The civic agency should provide more gardeners to us so that we can maintain cleanliness in parks,” he added.

The councillor had asked for gardeners many months ago.

“Nothing has happened so far. To implement Swachhta Abhiyan in true spirit we have to involve more sanitation workers and gardeners,” he said.

A councillor from Pooth Kalan in Rohini Zone, Devender Solanki, said garbage is not collected from dhalaos (streetside dumps) from his areas.

Congress councillor from Peera Garhi area in Rohini, Prithvi Singh Rathore, echoed similar views. “The work of collecting waste in Rohini Zone has been outsourced to a private firm. The company is not picking up garbage regularly from dhalaos,” Rathore added.

Leader of the House, North Corporation Mira Aggarwal said much progress has been made under Clean India mission but there is still scope for improvement.

“The BJP wants to do a lot of work in less time. So people are expecting too much,” she added.

“Now the opposition is coming up with one or two unclean areas under every ward, earlier they used get complain about 10 to 15 places under each ward. So definitely Swachhta Abhiyan is doing its part,” Aggarwal added.

But Goel slammed Leader of House’s claims.

“The corporation has not increased the number of auto-tippers or sanitation workers then how can it expect to run cleanliness drive successfully in Delhi,” said Mukesh Kumar Goel, a councillor from Dheerpur.

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