The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to take its Swachh Navi Mumbai Mission to each and every household and as part of this initiative, the corporation is organising a cleanliness contest for housing societies.
“As part of the Swachh Navi Mumbai Mission, the civic body wants to involve every household in its cleanliness initiative and so this contest for housing societies is being held,” said mayor Sudhakar Sonawane.
“It is responsibility of every citizen to keep the satellite city clean and green and the civic body seeks their cooperation in this cleanliness drive. We appeal to all the housing societies to participate in this contest and make Swachh Navi Mumbai Mission a big success,” said municipal commissioner Dinesh Waghmare.
The corporation started a special cleanliness drive from September 25 and this will continue till October 11. “As the civic body is chalking out draft plan to be part of the smart city project in the second stage, equal importance is being attached to cleanliness. And as part of this, several steps are being taken, which include construction of new toilets to stop the practice of defecating in open,” said a civic official.
He added, “Funds are being made available to slum dwellers to construct toilets and we are pushing this initiative in a big way to keep the satellite city clean.”
Navi Mumbai was recently ranked as the third most cleanest city in the country and first in Maharashtra. “As part of the initiatives, there is a revamp of garbage collection system and everything is being monitored online. The garbage bins are now fitted with chip, which sends a signal to the control room once they are full, and officials can monitor the movement of garbage vehicles at the click of the mouse,” said another civic official.
He added, “It has been only because of the residents’ cooperation that the civic body has won laurels at the national level for cleanliness.”