GUWAHATI, July 30 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) today felicitated office-bearers of Banti Self Help Group for making immense efforts to keep the city clean.
Banti Self Help Group is a group of women residing in the Latakata area of the city. For the last few days these women have been continuously carrying out a cleanliness drive in their locality, motivated by the awareness drive carried out by GMC officials during the current month.
Recently the GMC had organised an awareness meeting on cleanliness at Latakata where members of the self-help group also took part. From the very next day of the meeting, the members of Banti started cleaning their locality. �At a time when we are taking different steps to penalise people for throwing garbage in public places, the group is an exceptional example,� said GMC Commissioner Debeswar Malakar.
In the last one month, GMC officials have carried out awareness drives on cleanliness among the people in every ward of Guwahati. In order to develop Guwahati�s ranking in the list of clean cities, the GMC has of late taken a number of steps.
As part of such steps and in pursuance of a decision taken at the Governors� conference held at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi last year, the GMC on July 26 this year issued a notification to all restaurants, petrol pumps and hotels of Guwahati to keep their toilets open for use by children and women.
Recently, the GMC had also declared that it would award Rs 500 to anyone who can send photographic evidence of violation of cleanliness norms by any person and Rs 100 to anyone who can send photographic evidence of garbage dumping at public places of Guwahati. Today Malakar said they have so far received over 50 such photographs.
Today the GMC also formed its second flying squad to address cleanliness-related issues. �One flying squad is not enough to address all issues. So we have formed the second squad. The first flying squad will now be in the field from 6 am to 1 pm and the second squad from 1 pm to 8 pm,� Malakar added.