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Surat municipal Cooperation’s sanitation aims at civic needs

Surat municipal corporation, the civic body in Surat is charting a comprehensive sanitation plan for making the Diamond City a zero-waste city.

This new plan covering all aspects of cleanliness will be put in place for the coming 15 years and would have new bylaws for both private and public places. Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) plans to put this plan into action in early 2015.

The plan would cover all aspects of basic infrastructural facilities and requirements of the city in the coming 15 years including and hygiene, solid waste management, sewerage systems, water distribution and water treatment facilities along with health-related issues of the citizens.

With a new plan of action: SMC

With a new plan of action: SMC

E A H Pathan, executive engineer of solid waste management department at Surat municipal corporation said, “We are looking at a system that will provide us solutions to issues like industrial waste release in Tapi and other water sources, segregation of plastic and other perishable waste at the source of collection at homes or at shops and other nagging issues. We are also looking at possibility of generation of energy like biogas from the waste.

SMC will launch its Swach Bharat Abhiyan from October 2 with the help of hundreds of NGOs and societies of the city. More than one lakh people are expected to join the campaign to clean the city.

Under this campaign, every society and street would be cleaned by citizens along with 10,000 strong staff of the SMC. “This campaign is not a one-day affair. We are looking at two hours per week and 100 hours of cleaning exercise per year to keep the city clean,” said Surat municipal corporation commissioner Milind Torwane.

Pay and use toilets along with other public use facilities will be taken up for cleaning first. On Thursday, even the staff at the collector’s office will join the campaign and wield brooms to clean their campus.

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