Nagpur: Is ‘Cleaniliness Drive’ under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan turning out to be another tool in the hands of Nagpur Municipal Corporation to ‘showoff’ and waste money in crores? The ‘Cleanliness Drive,’ undertaken by the civic body occasionally, even otherwise is proving to be a damp squib! On the days of the drive, some pockets of the city shine and it provides an opportunity to top NMC bosses to go in for photo-ops. If the babus are really cleanliness-conscious then the city should be shined regularly on the lines of their chambers and not only on Gandhi Jayanti, R-Day, I-Day, and such other occasions.
If one visits the Headquarters of NMC in Civil Lines, he or she would certainly witness the chambers of select babus being cleaned and wear a “fresh” look. But the overall picture will leave you “stunned” in more ways than one. The corridors are littered with useless material, stains of ‘Paan’ and ‘Kharra’ spit by the senseless addicts, etc. Foul smell shows the toilets and urinals are filthy. “The cleanliness is done regularly, but on papers only. And the money is gobbled up by the concerned.”
‘Kharra’ as bribe and the spoiler, too:
Those visiting the NMC Headquarters for one work or another have to “bribe” most of the babus by offering them “Kharra” to get their works done. (Not that “Kharra” alone is guarantee of work being done). And the “Kharra” enjoyers are so lethargic that they hardly move from their chairs to spit the “filthy” stuff at dustbins or spittoons. For them the corners of the walls in their rooms or at corridors are the “best places.” For the sake of these “kharra” consuming babus, the civic body has even installed spittoons at various places in short distances but these spittoons are apparently “forbidden” by the babus and a horde of visitors as well.
The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan may have been one of the most positive initiatives undertaken by the Centre, but the NMC and Nagpurians have not shown much enthusiasm towards the Godly act. The drives by high-profile officials and politicians are nothing more than photo-ops, while the real faces behind all the hard work, NMC’s own workers, go unnoticed.
The civic body implemented the Cleanliness Drive at its offices and in all ten zones through shramdaan (voluntary work) on Gandhi Jayanti, October 2. The shramdaan was undertaken in Laxminagar Zone, outer ring road from Khamla Bhaji Bazar to Bhende Layout, Dharampeth Zone — Ram Nagar Square to Ambazari Ghat road to Ambazari overflow point; Hanuman Nagar- – Juni Shukrawari to Chhota Tajbagh to Tukdoji Square to Krida Square; Dhantoli– Dhantoli Police Station to Panchsheel Square to Lokmat Square under flyover; Nehru Nagar– Jagnade Square toVyankatesh Nagar road. Gandhibag– Jyoti Nagar slums; Satranjipura- – Naik Talao area; Lakadganj– Hiwari Nagar slum; Ashi Nagar– Indora Ground and Indora Square to Nara Road; Mangalwari– Gittikhadan Road and CPWD ground. On Saturday, NMC employees cleaned NMC Civil Lines office and zonal offices. Mayor, Municipal Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and others participated in the drive.