Srinagar continues to remain dirty, Swatch Bharat mission yet to take off

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SRINAGAR: The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has failed to implement the much talked about Swach Bharat Abhiyan(SBA) despite receiving Rs 4.97 crore from the government of India for the purpose.
The abhiyan comprises five phases including construction of individual and community latrines, solid waste management, information education capacity building and awareness generation.
The SMC records reveal that 502 individual latrine cases have been approved for Bemina, 292 for Noorbagh, 343 for Khumaini chowk, 336 for Batamaloo and 262 for Chanapora. However, the construction work has not been initiated.
The residents have submitted their applications last year but the SMC has not released funds for the construction work.
“We received 19047 applications from across the Srinagar city, out of which 4658 were verified and only 4043 of them have been approved. We are going to review them again and soon we will start working over it. We are also going to build Public Toilet near Maulana Azad road, Batmaloo,” said Sofi Mohammad Akbar Chief Sanitation Officer of SMC.
Liason officer of the SBA told Kashmir Reader thatthey have received Rs 4.97 crore for the all components. “We have to launch awareness among people and through programmes in schools. We have to build more than 4000 individual latrine as well,” he said.
The SMC Commissioner Dr Shafkat Khan said that due to last year’s uprising in Kashmir a lot of work was not done. “Our aim is to achieve 10th spot in terms of Sanitation in India,” he said.

 

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