Highly populated areas in Delhi will have more sweepers

January 15th, 2009 - 9:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) Delhi neighbourhoods with higher population density will have more sweepers, the civic body of the national capital said Thursday. “Density of population will be the new yardstick for deploying the number of safai karamcharis (sweepers) in areas,” said Vijender Gupta, chairman of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) standing committee.

The areas with high population density that sweepers often face a challenge to keep clean include villages, resettlement colonies, slum clusters, unauthorised colonies and old Delhi, according to the MCD.

“Earlier the area to be covered was the main criteria for deployment of the number of sweepers. It was experienced that density of the population was directly linked to the quantum of garbage and litter generated in the colony or the area. Hence, it was felt that the area to be covered for sanitation was not the perfect yardstick for quantum of work,” Gupta added.

He said a report on the basis of population density will be tabled in the MCD standing committee for consideration to enable a better sanitation programme for high population density areas.

The decision was taken during a discussion session on MCD’s budget, when Sarita Chaudhary, municipal councillor southeast Delhi’s Sangam Vihar, raised the issue of the civic authority’s inability to provide basic civic amenities in unauthorised colonies.

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