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SDMC seals 30 shops in Chhattarpur

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) continued with its sealing drive on Wednesday shutting down 30 shops, most of which included marble trade showrooms, located on Chhattarpur-Bhati Road for “illegal” construction.The civic body had sealed a farmhouse on Tuesday in Chhattarpur. The sealing drive is being conducted as per the directions of the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring Committee to crack down on unauthoursied constructions in the city.”The Building Department of South Zone took action against commercial establishment on Chhattarpur-Bhati Road on the direction of the Committee. All the three members of the Committee visited the site,” said a corporation official.Meanwhile, South Corporation Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat met the Monitoring Committee to discuss the plan to reduce the conversion charges for commercial-cum-residential properties from Rs 89,000 to Rs 22,000. The move has come days after the civic body conducted a sealing drive and shut down 51 popular restaurants and shops in Defence Colony market.

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Mobile app for parking, higher penalties on anvil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vehicle-owners in south Delhi will soon be able to scout, book, and pay for a parking slot through a mobile application. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is working on a mobile app through which people can find a parking slot at a particular lot and even make the payment.Besides, all three municipal corporations are planning to implement higher parking penalties and provide for automated and hi-tech parking spaces, as the Delhi government plans to notify its new Parking Rules, 2017, by September-end.The city transport department has kept the parking policy open for suggestions from the civic bodies, after which it will be sent for approval to the L-G.The draft policy recommends parking controls with charges for night and day hours and a limit on the number of vehicles to be accommodated on residential and commercial streets in the city.”Work on the application has already started. We are holding consultations for its features. The app will help streamline parking issues, as vehicle-owners will be assured of a parking space once they book a slot. This will help reduce the haphazard parking as well parking on roadsides,” a senior civic body official said.The civic body has already identified land for building stack parkings. These lots will have a digital map of the parking area and the slots available for four-wheeler and two-wheeler vehicles.”We have 103 parking lots in commercial areas. All of these and the upcoming parking lots will be synced under the system to book parking space through the app. We are currently having discussions and the proposal will soon be put up in the House for approval. We have a plan ready and are waiting for the government to tell civic bodies when to submit it,” south Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said.Most parking spaces across the city, including surface and multi-level lots, are being maintained by the three corporations, which are now focusing on building stack parkings that are more user-friendly and take less time to build.The north and east MCDs are also planning to hike parking fee and penalties. On a pilot basis, the north corporation had started a drive on September 1 against roadside parking, with penalty being five times the usual rate, in two areas — Kamla Nagar and Model Town.”The pilot project is on. We will review the progress of the programme next month. We can see a change in parking patterns already. There are multi-level parking lots at both markets. People still parked on streets as there was no fear of law. Now that the penalty has become five times, there has been a change in people’s habits,” a senior north civic body official said.

Dengue claims first life in Delhi this season, 325 hit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi authorities on Monday confirmed the first reported dengue death in the capital this year. Civic officials have identified the deceased as 12-year-old Nitish Kumar, a resident of Safdarjung development area in the city, who died of ‘dengue shock syndrome’ on August 1, 36 hours after he was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.According to the municipal report, 325 people have been affected by the vector-borne disease this monsoon season in Delhi alone.“The patient was brought to us 4-5 days after he was infected. He had the dengue shock syndrome and his blood pressure was not recordable. There was fluid collection in his chest and abdomen,” said Dr Anil Sachdeva, paediatrician, Sir Gangaram Hospital. “Kumar hailed from Bihar,” said South Delhi Mayor, Kamaljeet Sehrawat.Of the total 657 dengue cases reported this year, 325 have been in Delhi and 332 from other states.

SDMC targets illegal bldgs for its image makeover

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid for image- makeover, the South civic body has started a full-fledged war with a drive against illegal constructions in the capital. South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat on Wednesday took a meeting of all departments asking officers to change the perception of municipal bodies of being “corrupt”.The move has come after the Delhi High Court pulled up civic bodies for allowing illegal construction in the national capital. Earlier this month, South Corporation demolished seven such structures while sealing two others.”The engineering department must keep deliberative as well as executive wing abreast about their action plan for the coming two days. It is important that swift actions is taken against unscrupulous builders in order to create a deterrent against the practice,” said Sehrawat.This is not all. The civic body also suspended its three engineers in Chhattarpur area for not taking action against rampant unauthourised construction.The corporation’s building department conducted its demolition drive in the South Zone over the week in areas including Chhatarpur, Chirag Dilli, Khirki Extension, Krishna Park-Khanpur and Said-Ul-Ajaib, among others.As many as seven properties were demolished and were left in an uninhabitable condition. Besides, two properties were sealed in Khirki and Rajpur Khurd areas, respectively.The officers claimed that local residents created hindrance and protested against the demolition action.The demolition has been done under Building Control Regulations notified in the Master Plan-2021 and Building Bye-Laws- 2016.To further discourage illegal construction, other government departments including Delhi Jal Board and power discoms have been asked to disconnect the water and electricity connections of such properties.Recently, the HC had observed that illegal constructions are coming up in the city because some MCD officials might have connived with the builder. Instructions are given to demolish the buildings thereby resulting in the loss of the tax payers’ money.

Get rid of ‘missing’ sanitation workers, south Mayor tells officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to review the functioning of the Department of Environment Management Service (DEMS) and the sanitation situation under the jurisdiction of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat held a meeting with various senior civic body officials on Sunday.The meeting was attended by Commissioner Dr Puneet Kumar Goel and all other zonal Deputy Commissioners. The major point of the discussion was the unauthorised absence of sanitation workers. It was pointed out to the Mayor that many workers from different zones neither reported for their duties after the expiry of the sanctioned leave nor gave any information about their whereabouts.Recently, the SDMC had formed a task force committee to review various sanitation-related works. Within a few days, however, a large number of sanitation workers from various zones went on a leave without any prior notice.As per the SDMC reports, nearly 400 workers have not returned to their jobs and their absence is affecting the overall work of maintaining parks, lanes, roads, and other common places.The Mayor then directed the department concerned to start the process to fire these workers at the earliest. She further said: “This situation is a glaring lapse on the part of the officials-in-charge. We need to get rid of these employees at the earliest as it is not only causing substantial loss to the exchequer but also hampering one of major obligatory responsibility of the local body of keeping the city clean.”

South Corporation to introduce nursery classes in 90 schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is all set to introduce nursery classes in 90 out of a total of 518 primary schools operating under it from the next academic session.The schools working under the SDMC offer classes from Class I to V. “Getting a nursery seat is a very difficult task in Delhi. Parents have to run from pillar to post to get their children enrolled every year. So, we are going to introduce nursery classes in around 90 schools operating under SDMC initially,” said Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Mayor, South Delhi.”It will be a big relief for parents as now they will not have to admit their children in other schools for nursery class before enrolling them in SDMC schools,” she added.The south civic body has also been conducting trial classes since the last one year in a bid to get the hang of it. “We have also conducted several trial classes in the last one year to understand the working and requirements of nursery classes. After successful feedback, we have decided to introduce nursery in around 90 schools first and then extend it to all the schools of the corporation,” Sehrawat said.”We have also written to the Delhi government to provide us around 4,500 teachers for nursery classes,” the mayor added.The SDMC has been consistently taking efforts to improve the quality of education being offered in its schools. Last year, the south corporation started smart class facility in some of its schools in a bid make learning more interesting and tech savvy for students.According to officials at the south corporation, it is also planning to introduce e-reading and learning facilities in its schools. “We are soon going to set up e-reading material library in our schools to provide meaningful education to children,” a senior SDMC official said.

SDMC, PWD indulge in blame game as Delhi’s drains overflow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Wednesday again blamed the AAP government’s Public Works Department (PWD) for the city being waterlogged with filthy water every other day it rains.The corporation’s Matiala ward Councillor had raised a short notice in the House meeting on the issue over the cleaning of PWD drains.South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat claimed that most of the city’s roads get waterlogged for the drains falling under the jurisdiction of the PWD.”The PWD owns all the big drains of the city, including the Kushak Nallah and others. But the department does not clean the drains even during the monsoon, which leads to the overflowing of sewers,” the mayor said.While both the agencies – SDMC and PWD – claim that they have cleaned 90 per cent of the drains in their area, both blame each other regarding the de-silting of the choked drains resulting in waterlogging.”Even the state government has turned a blind eye towards issue while people suffer every monsoon. Though we have completed desilting at most of the major drains and roadside drains of four feet depth, the Delhi government has not even undertaken sewer cleaning in any part of the city. PWD has not taken care to ensure proper disposal of rain water at its vulnerable points,” she said.Drains up to 60 feet are under the jurisdiction of the municipal corporation while 60 feet and above fall under the PWD.In order to enable citizens to lodge complaints of waterlogging, the Corporation had launched a 24X7 helpline last month.The LG had this year directed the PWD to install pumps and fix the major 60 waterlogging flash points in the city including Kashmere Gate, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mukarba Chowk and Andheria Mor, among others. However, waterlogging complaints are still pouring in from these areas.

SDMC mayor writes to LG, CM over identification of wards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding identification of municipal wards falling under it. In her letter to Baijal and Kejriwal, Sehrawat alleged the notification was pending with the AAP government and sought their intervention in the matter. “Consequently, various committees, such as, Standing Committee, Wards Committee and various other constitutional committees of SDMC are also pending. “Due to non-constitution of committees, the corporation is not able to carry out works, causing delay in various decisions of public interest,” she said in the letter. She said, “I shall be grateful if you could intervene in the matter and expedite notification in the best interest of public of Delhi.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Work on improving Swachh rankings: Naidu to city corporations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu today asked the three municipal corporations in the national capital to improve their rankings in the next year’s ‘Clean India’ survey, as they had finished poorly in the last sanitation reckoning. He emphasised on the ranking during a review meeting with the mayors of all the three civic bodies here. “The three municipal corporations in Delhi should improve their sanitation rankings and move up the ladder in the next Swachh Survekhan Survey,” Naidu said. The minister also urged them to work on installing high visibility signages for public toilets on the lines of New Delhi Municipal Council. “While sensitising them about the poor rankings in the Swachh Survekhan Survey 2017, the minister urged the mayors to also focus on preparing an action plan for upkeep and upgrading of existing public toilets and construction of new ones required as per the norm of one toilet per one km stretch,” the Urban Development ministry said in a statement. Besides the mayors — Kamaljeet Sehrawat (SDMC), Preety Agarwal (NDMC) and Neema Bhagat (EDMC), municipal commissioners of the north and south corporations and other senior officials were also present. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SMDC) in a separate statement, however, today claimed that the “Union Ministry is willing to release Rs 100 crore each to the three corporations for purchase of vital machines required to accelerate works under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.” Naidu also stressed that open access of toilets attached to restaurants and other establishments to the public, on the model adopted by the SDMC, be followed. “Introduction of night sweeping for cleanliness in the corporation areas and employing mechanical night sweeping machines for the same be also looked into,” he said. The minister assured that necessary support will be extended in the efforts of making the city ‘Swachh Delhi’.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC makes construction of toilets at petrol pumps a must

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After restaurants, petrol pumps in south Delhi will now be having public toilets in their premises. In its bid to promote Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has asked petrol pumps in its jurisdiction, which do not have toilet facilities, to get them constructed by July 15.Currently, there are 551 public toilets and another 353 community toilets providing free usage to people. Apart from this, SDMC had facilitated free usage of toilets in hotels and restaurants across its jurisdiction. However, this facility is limited to women and children only.”After this move, the number of public toilets will increase from 904 to 1,054. More than 150 petrol pumps will have this facility in the next two weeks,” said an SDMC official.A dedicated officer will monitor the entire process. A set of guidelines have been issued to make the facilities available within the stipulated period.”The toilets at the petrol pumps must remain clean and well maintained and open for the general public during that duration for which the petrol pumps are open. Furthermore, water supply at the toilets should be ensured,” said Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Mayor, SDMCMeanwhile, the municipal body will make the condition of a functional toilet at petrol pump mandatory for issuance of the municipal licence. “Strict action will be taken against those who will not adhere to the guidelines,” Sehrawat added.The decision of allowing women and children to use toilets in hotels and restaurants in south Delhi was later followed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, too.

SDMC asks petrol pumps to construct toilets on premises within

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has asked petrol pumps under its jurisdiction to make sure they have functional toilets on their premises within two weeks. Aiming to improve its Swachhata Sarvekshan ranking, the corporation has accelerated its efforts towards upgrading civic facilities. SDMC Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel has instructed officials concerned to take necessary steps in this direction. There are more than 150 petrol pumps under the SDMC. The civic body said petrol pumps would be issued municipal licences only if they have functional toilets on their premises. The licensees will be bound to implement it, said a senior municipal corporation officer. Once implemented, the number of public toilets will go up from 904 to more than 1,054 under the SDMC. There are 551 public toilets and another 353 community toilets providing free usage facility to the general public, the officer said. “Petrol pumps lacking this infrastructure are being asked to construct toilets on their complex within two weeks and make the same functional by July 15,” he said. A nodal officer will be nominated by the corporation for keeping a watch on the deadline to be met by the petrol pumps. Recently, the civic body facilitated free usage of toilets in hotels and restaurants under its jurisdiction for women and children. South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said, “The SDMC will not hesitate in taking action against the defaulting petrol pump owners.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC conducts awareness prog on diseases

The event was chaired by SDMC Mayor, Kamaljeet Sahrawat. Project Officer, Government of Delhi, Dr RS Raheja and Medical Health Officer of SDMC, Dr. Hazarika were also present. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had organised a workshop on Thursday at SPM Civic Centre, New Delhi to create awareness against vector borne diseases. The event was chaired by SDMC Mayor, Kamaljeet Sahrawat. Project Officer, Government of Delhi, Dr RS Raheja and Medical Health Officer of SDMC, Dr. Hazarika were also present.Speaking on the occasion, Mayor said, “Dengue, chikungunia and malaria are cause due to people’s carelessness. It is easy to stop breeding of the mosquitoes by taking a few precautions such as cleaning and drying up all those utensils, tyres, coolers, flower pots and other articles prone to accumulation of water and putting full sleeves clothes to avoid mosquito bites particularly in the case of kids and school going children.”She even added, “The sole responsibility to fight these diseases lies on the shoulder of common people like you and me. The formula to fight them is to take proper prevention.”

SDMC on alert mode to tackle vector-borne diseases

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a part of awareness campaign against the spread of vector borne diseases, South Delhi Municipal Corporation will be organising a community sensitization programme at SPM Civic Center, today. SDMC Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat will preside the programme. The event will be attended by local councilors and members of various Residential Welfare Associations (RWAs).The municipal corporations of Delhi have already reported nearly 113 cases of malaria this season. A total of 149 chikungunya cases have also been recorded. This is higher than the number of malaria cases recorded during the same period in previous years.A total of 97 cases of dengue had been reported from various hospitals of Delhi till June 24. On the other hand, the number of dengue cases reported in Delhi was 28 in 2016, 17 in 2015, and 12 in 2014 during the same period.Recent progress against the mosquito-borne disease has been dramatic and numbers falling ill have been significantly reduced, but it still kills more than 4.2 lakh people each year across the country, once stated the World Health Organisation in a statement.

3 Nigerians, Indian woman held for duping people with fake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Nigerians and an Indian woman have been arrested in the national capital for allegedly duping people of crores of rupees with fake lottery schemes, the police said today. The Delhi Police Crime Branch, which made the arrests, said the accused used to send text messages and e-mails to the unsuspecting victims informing them that they had won huge amounts in lottery schemes. “Then they used to seek details of the victims such as their names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mails. They used to send false documents to the victims and then ask them to deposit money for income tax, service charge, conversion charge etc.,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) G Ram Gopal Naik. On June 22, Sardar Kamaljeet Singh from Punjab lodged a police complaint in the national capital alleging that he was cheated to the tune of around Rs 1.5 crore by a gang of Nigerians and an Indian woman. The complainant was called to Delhi by the accused to pay the last instalment. On June 23, a trap was laid by the Crime Branch sleuths at a bus stand in south Delhi’s Malviya Nagar and two of the accused were arrested. Four mobile phones, fake US dollars, three laptops and passports were seized from their possession, said Naik. Two more arrests, including that of the Indian woman, were made subsequently. The Nigerians were staying in India on expired visas, said the police. The Nigerian High Commission has been informed of the arrests.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ways to tackle rain woes discussed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), in a meeting held on Wednesday, discussed the issue of de-silting and waterlogging in localities under its jurisdiction. Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said: “In its forecast, the Metrological Department has made it clear that there will be more than expected rainfall this monsoon. Hence, all agencies will have to work extra to tackle the problem.”Meanwhile, it was reported during the meeting that in every zone, 10 pumps will be provided to tackle the problem of waterlogging. As many as 26 permanent pumps with power back-up will be put up at vulnerable points. Apart from this, every zone will be provided with mobile pumps.In fact, the Engineering Department has already taken out 95 per cent silt from a length of 166 km. The taken out silt has been transported to a landfill site and the entire work of de-silting will be completed within a week.

Driver unions of Ola, Uber, threaten strike action on June 19

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prompted by low-fares in ‘pool’ rides and withdrawal of incentives, Ola-Uber driver unions have threatened to go on strike from 19th June in the Delhi-NCR region. If started, this will be the second such strike so far in the year after a 10-day-long strike by the drivers of the two app-based taxi aggregators.The Sarovdaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD), which claims to represent over 20,000 drivers in the city, is calling the strike.The drivers’ union also claimed that they would block roads and disrupt traffic this time, if their demands are not heard by the companies and the government.”At present we are preparing a strategy by getting in touch with all drivers. We have a large number of drivers and we need to explain our stand to each one of them to fight for our rights,” said Kamaljeet Gill, president SDAD.Besides revision of fare slabs, the drivers are also demanding an increase in the base fare of Rs 49 for the cab-pool facility.”The pool fares are too low even if the distance is long, which is not fair to the drivers. Also, earlier we used to get incentives for a certain number of trips taken, which have been withdrawn by the companies. For instance, for 30 trips in a day, the driver would get Rs 1500, which is not the case for some time,” said Gill.Meanwhile, the Delhi government which was to frame a policy on regulating app-based taxi services in the Capital is still awaiting the Centre’s approval on the policy.The previous strike had turned violent with a group of drivers attacking those who were plying on the roads, leading to a law and order situation.The drivers’ long-pending demands have been a reduction of commission amount paid to the company, putting a cap on the number of cabs that can be attached under the two taxi services and fixed accidental insurances.

Civic body all set for increased use of technology in fighting dengue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Corporation is all set to tackle the mess of dengue-chikunguniya this year with greater use of technology. The outbreak of the two vector-borne diseases starts with the onset of monsoon.The civic body this year is all set to provide 200 tablets to domestic breeding checkers (DBCs), whose primary job is to visit households and commercial areas to check stagnation of water. If they find mosquito-breeding at any site, they issue a challan for the same.South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat on Tuesday said that the visits made by the workers will be recorded in the tablets, which can then be tracked by senior officers.”The tabs will have an application in which the details of every visit will have to be filled in. It will have the day and time of the visit made, which will be monitored by the department heads,” said Sehrawat.Mosquitoes breed mainly on artificial collection of clean water in desert coolers, uncovered storage containers, old tyres, etc. During the rains, the possibility of accumulation of water becomes high.However, in the first phase the tablets will be handed over to workers visiting the most-affected areas including Masjid Moth, Sangam Vihar, Jamia Nagar, Abul Fazal Enclave, and Ayur Vigyan Nagar, among others.A proposal regarding the same was floated in the House meeting on Tuesday.Besides this, the DBCs will be given uniforms and I-cards, as many times that they are refused entry into the premises by residents or public establishments.”Over the years, it has been witnessed that people in residential areas, in particular, gated societies do not let the MCD workers enter their houses. This time we want to make sure that not a single house or shop is left without being checked extensively for breeding,” said the mayor.

SDMC to give uniform, ID cards to mosquito-control staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation today said dengue breeding checkers (DBCs) would be provided uniforms and identity cards so that they can discharge their duties without any hindrance. Many people do not allow mosquito-breeding checking staff into their houses, an issue that has been plaguing the civic bodies in implementing their vector-control programme. Currently they visit houses in plainclothes. The issue was brought up during the session of the SDMC House when both ruling BJP and opposition AAP councillors discussed the matter on sanitation and vector-borne diseases. “The SDMC will provide uniform and identity card to the DBCs to allay any apprehension on part of the residents about them,” Municipal Commissioner P K Goel was quoted as saying by the SDMC in a statement. He further said eight supersucker-cum-jetting machines will be purchased soon and tenders will be issued for buying 12 more machines. These machines will help in clearing the water logging and thus curb breeding of mosquitoes. South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat said an action plan has been prepared to tackle the menace of vector-borne diseases this season. “We are focusing on intensifying awareness drive. There is no treatment available for dengue and chikungunya, so we will have to go all-out to control mosquito-breeding. And, for this the role of our around 1,200 DBCs is crucial. We have raised their remuneration to Rs 14,000 per month which is as per the minimum wages,” she said. The mayor further said in order to educate students and their parents, dengue-themed homework cards have been distributed. A toll free helpline — 1800112260 has been made functional, about 160 hoardings in each zone have been installed, 100 billboards have been put up, and a large number of pamphlets have been distributed, she said. “The corporation has now decided to increase the number of three-wheeler-mounted public address systems from 12 to 104 to enable dissemination of awareness and precautionary measures in all 104 wards. “Apart from this workshops are being organised in association with RWAs and market associations,” the mayor said. As per the the latest municipal corporation report released yesterday, at least 61 cases of dengue and 131 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the national capital till June 3.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC claims 92 wards ODF, mayor asks to make it 100 pc by Jun

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to make the civic area open defecation-free by June 30, even as the SDMC claimed that 92 of its wards have achieved that goal. Sehrawat, who represents Dwarka-B ward, was elected unopposed to the post on May 19, and that day had said that sanitation would be her “first priority”. “The SDMC has been able to provide to all households in 92 wards, access to either a single toilet or community toilets within 500 m of their settlement, and has also ensured that all commercial areas in the wards have access to public toilets within a distance of 1 km. “Further all schools have certified that students enrolled there have access to toilets and are routinely using the facilities at schools and at homes,” the civic body said. In a statement today, the BJP-led municipal body, claimed that it had “fulfilled all prescribed parameters needed for declaration of a ward as ODF (open defecation-free) by a specific urban local body under the Swachh Bharat Mission.” The SDMC made public its preliminary resolution declaring its 92 of the 104 wards as ODF. “The corporation is all set to issue a public notice to invite feedback, suggestions, comments and objections from the residents of these 92 wards within 15 days of publication of the notice. “In case, no objection is lodged in response to the public notice, the SDMC will announce its final resolution for further transmission to the state government, which will certify the claim of the corporation through an appropriate third-party verification process before finally according the status of ODF to the (areas falling under) the SDMC,” Municipal Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel was quoted as saying in the statement. The residents can submit comments or objections through email ([email protected]) and telephone (no. 22235253), the civic body said. The mayor said the SDMC first identified a number of “open defecation hot spots” for ensuring sanitation access to all residents. Recently, it also brought in a policy, whereby women and children can access for free toilet facility in hotels, eateries and restaurants. Sanitation is a major governance issue in Delhi and the BJP, which has been ruling the MCD for the last 10 years, has faced criticism from residents and opposition parties for “lack of cleanliness” in the city. The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have continuously attacked the BJP-led corporations, alleging that the three civic bodies have turned the city into a “mound of garbage”. The civic bodies had faired poorly in the Swachh Bharat survey which was released recently by the Centre. In the ‘Swachh Bharat’ reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, areas falling under the three municipal corporations were ranked low — the EDMC (196), SDMC (202) and NDMC (279).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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