Shame! Jammu ranks at the bottom of the list of clean cities

Jammu, October 01: With poor response from residents towards the nationwide Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and lack of civic sense among the people here, Jammu city has ranked 427 to be at the bottom of the list of clean cities.

October 2nd is the one year anniversary of the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi all across the India with a vision to see a clean India. But unfortunately, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir is among the dirtiest cities of the country.

The city area that fell under the jurisdiction of Jammu Municipal Corporation until the year 2000 was just 32 sq km. In 2003, the government approved the city limits to 117 sq km.  Now the city was comprised of a total of 71 wards which JMC has to manage.

It is also pertinent to mention here that the estimated population of the Jammu city is more than 15 lakh which generates around 400 tonnes of solid waste everyday. In the lack of a proper landfill sites, the garbage everyday is dumped in deep trenches created in forested areas around the city or at Bhagwati Nagar, close to the Tawi which further makes the problem worse.

“The success of Swachh Bharat Abhyan in Jammu depends upon the functionality of a proper of urban infrastructure. Picking up garbage and dumping it in water bodies or open fields is not a right thing to do, Jammu needs a proper landfill and sewerage treatment plant”, said a senior Municipal Corporation official.

Although, the Jammu Municipal Commission (JMC) has been launching cleanness drives from time to time, but shortage of garbage bins and manpower to lift the solid waste and lack of urban planning is what has turned this city dirty. There are heaps of garbage lying here and there in the city, roads are full of potholes, the drains are all open and blocked and stagnant water every year tells the tale of authorities’ indifferent attitude. The shortage of safai karamcharis and garbage bins is another issue.

Also the lack of civic sense and no involvement of people in the campaign have worsened the problem. Mandeep Kaur, JMC Commissioner says that the corporation is making best of their efforts to have greater participation of people of people in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan but people hardly want to cooperate. She said the JMC has now launched a major drive to clean the city and its success only depends upon the on the attitude of the people.

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