statesman news service
New Delhi, 24 July
Ahead of the Assembly elections slated for later this year, the three BJP-ruled corporations are turning their focus to the cleanliness of colonies, an issue they should have taken up much earlier.
The corporations are gearing up to launch a cleanliness drive from the first week of August. The civic authorities said there will be strict monitoring of sanitation work in its areas. "We have issued an order for a special sanitation drive. The Deputy Commissioner (DC) in each zone is working on it and hopefully the drive will take place from 10 August," said Mr PK Gupta, Commissioner, North Corporation.
 Earlier the same corporation was complaining about not getting funds from the Delhi Government and said sanitation work was suffering due to the financial crisis. It had said companies assisting them in door-to-door garbage collection had warned that they would stop work if the civic body failed to pay them on time.
 When queried about his, the directorate of press, North Corporation, Mr YS Mann, said, "The additional commissioner engineering had a meeting with all the companies assisting in the sanitation work and they have given their assurance that they would participate in all manner".
The commissioner of the financially strong South Corporation, meanwhile, said the sanitation drive was being launched in keeping with an order issued by the Lieutenant-Governor. However, the chairman of the standing committee, Mr Rajesh Gehlot, denied any such order from the L-G and said, "It is known that more waste is produced during the monsoon season and we have decided to tackle the problem".
 He said 80 new trucks and 50 low-fleet rickshaws have been procured for removing the garbage and ensuring cleanliness in the city.