New Delhi: Lt Governor Anil Baijal emphasised on the need for proper solid waste management and the removal of garbage from public spaces after conducting an on-ground check of the status of cleanliness in South Delhi’s Saket area.
LG Baijal’s visit, the first after assuming office, comes at a time when thousands of sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) are on an indefinite strike demanding payment of their salaries due for three months (October-December).
Vowing to conduct regular inspections, LG Baijal said keeping the city and its public spaces clean as well as ensuring organised parking will be among his priorities.
The LG’s inspection is considered to be a part of strict implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission in Delhi.
Baijal has also directed the Public Works Department (PWD) to beautify the area and open spaces under flyovers across the city.
The LG has appointed the South MCD commissioner as the nodal officer for coordination between various agencies in his jurisdiction for cleanliness and waste disposal-related issues.
After the inspection, LG Baijal held a meeting with the officers of Delhi Police, DDA, MCD and other agencies concerned and called for proper solid waste management, removal of garbage and debris from pavements and public spaces.
“LG also directed that the concerned agencies will ensure complete removal of malba (debris) from public spaces before releasing payment to the contractors of civil works. This should be a built-in condition of the contracts. In case the contractors concerned do not remove the malba/solid waste, the same would be removed at his risk and cost,” a statement issued by the LG office said.
The inspection included visit to BRT corridor, Press Enclave Road, Aurobindo Marg to Ring Road, (Safdarjung Hospital to RK Puram areas) and Outer Ring Road (at Munirka).
After taking charge as the Delhi LG on December 31, LG Baijal had said he would put in his best efforts on improving law and order situation, women safety, traffic congestion, besides strengthening infrastructure and civic amenities in the city.