Udaipur : Concerned over the deplorable sanitation condition in Alwar city, the permanent Lok Adalat has ordered the local bodies to take cleanliness lessons from Dungarpur. In its recent order, the Lok Adalat has appointed Dungarpur Municipal council chairman K.K Gupta as amicus curiae in a case pending before it over cleanliness issue in the city. Gupta is presently, also the brand ambassador of Swachh Bharat Mission in Rajasthan. He had earned applauses after Dungarpur became first ODF city of the state, few months ago.
The petition was moved by one Ankit Bhargav against the Alwar Nagar Parishad holding it responsible for the pitiable situation of sanitation in the city area. The petitioner had claimed that mounds of garbage are piled up on either sides of city streets with animals straying all over. Roads weren’t timely swept, sanitation workers were in sufficient. Public transport and autodrivers have to swerve around the muck and local administration wasn’t keen on city upkeep. The petitioner also said that the number of community urinals too needed to be increased, door to door garbage collection, waste management system badly requires improvement.
The court in its order, has directed the principal secretary, Urban Development and Housing to ensure that Gupta’s guidance is taken by the Alwar municipal body regarding the city upkeep. As an amicus curiae the Dungarpur municipal council’s chairman would assist the local authorities in improving the sanitation condition there. In Dungarpur, the local bodies have made commendable achievement in keeping the city clean and tidy. Door to door waste collection, heritage conservation, creation of a heritage walk way, solar boating at Gap Sagar lake etc are some of the major changes to have taken place. The sanitation workers are prompt and disciplined and streets wear a clean fresh look before commutation begins every morning. The city buildings are being painted in ‘parwa’ (light green local stone) colour so that it wears a uniform look enhancing the beauty of the area.