Corporators shy away from cleanliness drive, Mayor pins hope on NGOs

With not much response from corporators, Mayor Vaishali Bankar is looking forward to NGOs to make her cleanliness drive Loknete Yashwantrao Chavan Pune Shahar Swachata Abhiyan successful across the city on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), has approached educational institutes, hospitals, IT companies, NGOs and housing societies to clean the city from 8 am to 10 am on Tuesday. The meeting held on Friday regarding the drive received poor response from corporators.

The civic body said it would do all to make the drive a success. Rallies have been planned across the city with one utility vehicle for each of the 15 wards. A loudspeaker would be installed on the vehicle to make announcement regarding the drive. "Some schools across the city and industries from Hadapsar area have confirmed their participation," Bankar said.

The civic body has informed the corporators about the rally to be undertaken in their respective areas. "I have sent them invitations and now it is upto them to respond as the initiative is for the benefit of the city," Bankar said, adding, the civic staff would coordinate the cleanliness drive.

The National Society for Clean Cities (NSCC) had requested mohalla committees to organise such drives with support from local corporators and sanitation staff. "We have urged all mohalla committee members to participate in the drive. We want them to continue with the drive till they are able to make out a difference," said Satish Khot of NSCC.

Joint Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap said the civic body has made all the preparations. The solid waste management department staff would be stationed at different locations to carry out the drive.

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