Ujjain: Mayor Meena Jonwal found it tough to pin point a single major spot, important from all aspects, to determine parameters of cleanliness in the holy city. “How can I choose any particular spot to portray the real scenario of city’s cleanliness arrangements,” she asked at a media interaction. Crucial spots would soon be identified so that not only local residents, but visitors could also express satisfaction over cleanliness, she said.
Jonwal, who invited representatives of the media at the mayor’s guest house to seek their cooperation for the success of “Swachhta Sarvekshan-2018”, was very particular to explain all those money-based endeavours, which the BJP-ruled Ujjain Municipal Corporation were making for the ‘Swachch Bharat mission’, but appeared defensive on the actual cleanliness scenario.
Journalists while referring the “number game”, in which Ujjain was chosen as the twelfth cleanest city in the country and third in Madhya Pradesh, wanted her reaction over the situation, at ground zero, but she remained quiet over this.
The mayor’s attention was also drawn towards the ‘forceful’ recovery of money from tax payers in the name of users’ tax, purchasing of sanitation vehicles and other equipments to the tune of crores of rupees and unchecked recruitment of sanitation workers in the name of streamlining cleanliness arrangements.
Jonwal said the city had gained in reputation only due to such endeavours and now it was their dream to attain the number one position in the country. “We are bound by guidelines issued by the government. It is actually an awareness campaign and the younger generation will be awakened some day or the other,” she explained.
Municipal chairman Sonu Gehlot said that the drive would continue till October 2, 2019. According to him, the third phase of the present drive will be carried out from September 15 to October 2, 2017. Various activities will be conducted under the drive to achieve the target, “Swachhta hi Sewa”. A collective oath of cleanliness will be simultaneously administered at all offices of the UMC on Friday. He said public places would be the focus of cleanliness arrangements and sincere efforts will be made to generate favourable feedback from the people.