Modi to personally inspect Delhi's cleanliness

Delhi’s cleanliness is going to get assessed by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself in the coming days, according to Delhi government sources.

A letter received by Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma from the Cabinet Secretariat has sounded the city authorities about an impending inspection drive, which may sbe spread over several days, by Modi, who has received flak from political rivals over failure to deliver on his cleanliness promise made over an year ago.

Modi, who picked up the broom himself to launch the drive on October 2, 2014 from a Dalit colony in central Delhi, has still not revealed his visit’s schedule. There are indications that he may crisscross from nunicipal corporation areas to New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area in central Delhi.

Sources in Sharma’s office said the central government’s letter has asked the top bureaucrat to convey to the civic agencies about the proposed PM inspection likely to take place after March 10.

The ripple effect of Modi’s interest in the national capital’s sanitation report card could be felt in the BJP-run municipal corporations where decisions to install new dustbins were fast-tracked to “impress” the Prime Minister.

Over one lakh new dustbins and an intensive penalty drive against street vendors who do not keep a dustbin are likely to be among the reactions expected from the corporations.

NDMC, the city’s elite civic agency serving the heart of the Lutyens’ Delhi, too has expedited its initiatives to rid pavements of illegal encroachers ahead of Modi’s inspection.

“The pavements near Palika Bazar, near Metro station gates, have been cleared of encroachers,” said an official.

The civic agency’s area, which figured in the top three cleanest zones in the country in a recent survey, also plans to rope in the Delhi government’s area sub-divisional magistrate to relocate migrant families living on the pavement at Hanuman Mandir on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, which houses state government emporiums.

Sources said the NDMC is trying to get the entire stretch turned into a no-encroachment zone through the SDM’s order under CrPC 133 before roping in NGOs to convince the migrant families to shift to a government shelter home.

The provision under which the SDM has been approached to pass a public order deals with removal of unlawful obstruction or nuisance from any public place or public way.
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