Puri: The Puri District Administration organised an awareness programme titled ‘Sankalp Sabha’ for ‘Mo Puri – Swaccha Puri’ today at 4pm at the Open Air Auditorium near Gundicha Temple.
“To make Puri a World Class Heritage City the first step is to make it Swachha. And sense of sanitation is the basic necessity towards the same. We all should segregate waste and give it to the Swach Sawari ( door-to-door waste collection vehicle)…One such vehicle can collect waste of 1000-1200 waste generators. Puri Municipality has engaged 40 such vehicles for the whole city coverage. These vehicle will take segregated waste to Micro Composting centers where wet waste will be converted into compost and dry waste will again be segregated and can be used in cement industry/road construction etc.. All these sanitation Parks will be made by end of March 2020…Technology based monitoring ( App based attendance of sanitation workers, installation of GPS in all vehicles and QR code based monitoring of waste collection) will be the key for this new system,” said Balwant Singh, Collector, Puri.
The Swaccha Puri song was launched on the occasion.
Maheswar Mohanty, Ex-Minister, also spoke to the audience. “We all should participate because progress is not possible without cleanliness. We should be responsible enough to keep our city clean that Puri becomes World Heritage City, the dream of our CM. I thank the District Administration for organizing such an event.”
New T shirts were distributed to the drivers of the waste collection vehicles.
Branded cloth bags were launched by the dignitaries as an alternative to plastic which will be distributed to every house hold by the Municipality free of cost . The MLA Puri addressed the gathering on the occasion and appealed everyone to support initiative of Puri Municipality.
Urging citizens to participate, Pinaki Mishra MP Puri said, “We all have to take Puri to the next level & make it a Swachha Puri. Citizens can join hands and convert it to the cleanest city in India. We should use biodegradable materials. A single person cannot make the city clean. We need to join in large numbers.”
The participants then took the oath to keep Puri clean. They took oath to segregate dry and wet waste and dispose them in the garbage trucks. The oath also emphasized on discarding the use of plastic at home and outside and take initiatives on encouraging neighbours to do the same.
The awareness programme was organised as a follow up to the segregated door-to-door waste collection initiative by Puri Municipality that is being carried out regularly at different places across Puri town. The administration has been urging people to follow cleanliness drives and take initiatives to keep their surroundings clean as well as dispose off segregated waste in the waste collection trucks.
The Mo Puri – Swaccha Puri programme is an initiative to interact with the citizens of Puri (M) on cleanliness and invite their participation in keeping their surroundings clean.