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SMC undertakes sanitation drive around Central Jail
2/17/2017 12:19:14 AM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Feb 16: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) along with volunteers of Basix Municipal Waste Ventures (BMWV) on Thursday undertook a sanitation drive in Central Jail area of Srinagar particularly around the residential quarters.
The area was being used as a garbage dumping site by the jail employees from last several years.
Early Times had filed a report on this issue on Wednesday and the matter was highlighted through the social media as well. This prompted the jail authorities to avail services of SMC and volunteers of BMWV.
Sources say the Chief Minister's office had also taken up the issue with the jail Superintendent, who was directed to clean up the area.
The premises of the quarters had been converted into a garbage dumping site by none other than the officials of the jail and their families.
Pertinent to mention that official quarters of Central Jail employees located at Kathi Darwaza had made their own home as a garbage dumping site from last several months as the officials of SMC had failed to undertake garbage collection from these quarters.
"If officials of SMC failed to undertake the garbage collection, why cannot jail employees do this job themselves as more than 200 people work in Srinagar Central Jail? Now people have become so much used to garbage that they hardly care about its presence in their residential areas.
Few years back SMC had started a campaign with the help of locals, but after the transfer of former SMC Commissioner Dr G N Qasba all the initiatives taken by SMC were stopped when Tufail Matoo took over the charge of SMC. Now we are thankful to SMC Commissioner, Chief Sanitation Officer and volunteers of BMWV who visited our area and collected two truckloads of garbage from the jail quarters," said Fayaz Ahmad, a resident of Kathi Darwaza.
"J&K has been ranked as one of the filthiest states in India last year after Bihar and Odisha, but the government is taking no steps to get this tag removed. Irony is that we have schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), wherein more than 90% of the funding comes for sanitation work, but it is not spent under this national flagship programme in J&K," said Muneer Ahmad, a resident of nearby Rainawari area Jammu & Kashmir, which has a population of more than 12.5 million people, did not use about 96 percent of the money granted by Delhi for the sanitation programme allotted few years back. Even last financial year the funds provided under Swatchh Bharat Mission (SBM) remained unutilized as Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) were not at all submitted by Urban as well as Rural Development departments which are supposed to implement Swatch Bharat Mission under Urban and Grameen programmes in the state.
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