In a bid to encourage the workers and NGOs engaged in cleaning up the city, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has instituted a competition. The winners will be felicitated during the Independence Day celebration this year.

GMC commissioner Monalisa Goswami said that they want to create an environment where all sections of people and workers are encouraged to work more towards making Guwahati cleaner.

Keeping that in mind, the GMC has started a competition among the 31 wards in which 58 NGOs have been engaged for primary collection of solid waste and sanitary supervisors with an objective to raise enthusiasm, a sense of belonging and participation among the citizens and other stakeholders.

“In broader sense, the aim of the competition will be for the improvement of service delivery in respect of solid waste management and sanitation, improvement of cleanliness standard in the wards and to create awareness among the citizen towards disposal of garbage responsibly,” said Goswami.

The selection will be done by a panel on the parameters – garbage collection, disposal system and segregation, cleanliness, innovations carried out and public participation.

Goswami further said that the period of the competition is May-July. The result of the competition will be declared on August 10 and the winners will be felicitated on August 15 at Independence Day function.

Keeping the city wards has been a major worry for the civic body. Though the NGOs are engaged, on many occasions, due to lack of civic sense, the officials of the civic body had to face problems.

The usage of plastics have been a prime concern as most of the drains are clogged with plastic bottles leading to blockade water flow which resulted in artificial flood.

An official of the GMC said that their workers had to toil hard to clear the plastics from the drains. “We urge the residents not to throw plastic bottles in the drains or else it becomes much difficult for us to clean this every time. If we get the cooperation from the people residing in the city, it becomes easier for us to do our works in the nest possible way,” said the official.

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