MCC organizes “Swachh ward campaign” in Ward No.4, 9 & PU

Chandigarh, September 8:- The Municipal Corporation Chandigarh today organized “Swachh Ward Campaign” in ward No.9, 4 and Punjab University under “Chandigarh Banega Swachhata Me No.1”.

Sh. Davesh Moudgil, Mayor of Chandigarh launched these campaigns at community centre, sector 40 (ward No.9) at 11.00 am, Senate Hall, Punjab University at 3.00 pm and Community Centre, Sector 23 (Ward No.4) at 5.00 pm in presence of Sh. K.K. Yadav, IAS, Commissioner, Dr. Saurabh Mishra, IAS, Additional Commissioner, area councilors Smt. Gurbax Rawat (Ward No.9) and Smt. Sunita Dhawan (ward No. 4) respectively.

In addition to that “Swachh Prabhat Pheris” were organized in Ward No.3 and 4 by the respective area councilors i.e. Sh. Ravi Kant Sharma and Smt. Sunita Dhawan in the morning from 5.00 am to 7.00 am in their wards.

While addressing the participants the Mayor said that the objective behind the “Swachh ward campaign” was aimed at achieving the goals of cleanliness and 100 percent solid waste management in all areas of the city.

He addressed the stakeholders to implement the lines in their daily lives “Be the change, you want to see in others”. He said that if we want to see our households, surroundings, parks, institutions and workplaces including market places “Swachh” we will have to develop a habit to follow the scientific methods of Solid Waste Management and generate less garbage from our households in a segregated form so that this can be collected and processed scientifically.

During the meeting with Sh. Shankarji Jha, Dean of University Instructions, PU,  chairpersons, directors, coordinators of all teaching departments, centres, institutes and campus deans at Punjab University the Mayor appealed them to spare daily at least one hour for “Swachh Bharat Mission” and implement the Swachhta protocol in their departments as well as their households. The Mayor requested them to lead the power of students in their departments for creating awareness campaigns throughout city and downloading Swachhata app.

The Mayor expressed his deep concern on the use of plastic bags, bottles and one time usable/disposal material. He said that we all will have to develop a habit to stop use of plastic made items to save environment alongwith proper segregation of dry and wet waste at source level.

The stakeholders were sensitized about swachh sarvekshan-2019, star rating of garbage free city, segregation of waste at source level and downloading Swachhata MoHUA app. They were asked to reduce, reuse and recycle the waste produced from their households, shops and institutes etc. People were appealed to adopt onsite composting techniques at source level to reduce the MSW. Bulk generators have been asked to make their own composting sites to process their waste at source level.

Sh. K.K. Yadav, Municipal Commissioner made brief presentations to the stakeholders including office bearers of Resident welfare associations, Market welfare associations, senior citizen forum, other institutions, social organizations/NGOs, religious organizations (temple, gurudwara, mosque & church etc.), kirtan mandlis etc and members of sports & youth clubs etc. at the both wards and senate hall, Punjab University.

The commissioner shared the 12 parameters regarding star rating of garbage free city including  Door-to- Door CollectionSegregation at sourceSweeping of public, commercial and residential areas (no visible eyesores on streets); Waste Storage Bins, Litter Bins and material recovery facility; Bulk Waste Generators compliance Scientific Waste Processing, Scientific Landfilling and C&D Waste ManagementUser Fees, Penalties, Spot Fines for littering and Enforcement of Ban on PlasticCitizen grievance redressal and feedback system; Eradication of crude dumping of garbage and dump remediationCleaning of storm drains and surface of water bodiesWaste ReductionVisible beautification in the city.

He also explained about Key Features of 7-star rating-Designed on a SMART approach: SINGLE METRIC - Rating criteria encapsulates all components of MSWM as well as plastic waste, waste in drains and water bodies;MEASURABLE - Criteria under each star rating has measurable parameters (e.g.% of HHs covered by D2D collection, % of waste processed, etc.); ACHIEVABLE - Each criteria and associated parameter has been devised to ensure that it is realistically achievable by cities; RIGOROUS VERIFICATION - Robust 2-step verification mechanism of both self-declaration and third party verification. Cities rated 1, 2 and 4-star must carry out self-assessment and self-verification, while 3-star, 5-star and 7-star cities will need to be certified through an independent third party. Moreover, a city should be ODF before going for 3-star and above certification; TARGETED TOWARDS OUTCOMES – Based on verifiable outcomes rather than inputs and processes (e.g. remediation of dumpsites, regular sweeping, collection of user charges, etc.)

 The commissioner shared the Strengths of star rating protocol- Outcome-based tool rather than process based, hence will enable institutionalization of good practices such as source segregation, scientific waste processing, penalties & spot fines for littering, and compliance of bulk waste generators, etc.; Designed to enable cities to gradually evolve into a model (7-star) city, with progressive improvements in their overall cleanliness; At the 7-star level, 3R components of 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) incorporated.

The schedule for “Swachh Ward Campaign” under “Chandigarh Banega Swachhata Mein no. 1”, on 9th September, 2018 is as under:

Sr. No.

Date & Time

Ward No.

Locations

Name of the Councilor

1        

09.09.2018 at 11.00 am

20

Community Centre, Sector 29

Sh. Shakti Prakash Devshali