Naida: The Noida Authority set July 10 as the deadline for private contractors to clean all city drains.
He also ordered the agencies that, unlike previous times, the mud removed from the sewers should not be piled up along the roads, but sent immediately to the landfill. To ensure that the work is completed before the monsoons, the cleaning of the drains would also be carried out at night.
Not only the main sewers, but the internal sewer network in settlements and villages would also be cleaned. A total of 102 drains will have to be cleaned by the contractors.
Rajiv Tyagi, the authority’s senior chief executive who was recently put in charge of the public health wing, said: ‘With the monsoon just days away, drain cleaning work has been on war footing since Thursday. Even at night, cleaning is done. A target has been set to complete the work by July 10.
He added: “The mud and other waste extracted from the drains would be immediately transported to the landfill so that residents would not suffer any inconvenience. We don’t want waterlogging during the rainy season this time around. Progress will be assessed daily. If there is negligence on the part of a contractor in cleaning drains, strict action will be taken.
In the neighbor Ghaziabad, residents have expressed concern after waste extracted from the sewers was left to dry along the roads. Many locals said it caused a stale air in the area and an unbearable stench.
Private agencies deployed to lift the rubbish, meanwhile, have been fined Rs 9 lakh in the past three days for failing to carry out the task in many areas. After noticing that cleanup work starts very late in the city, officials ordered agencies to ensure that garbage collection vehicles were on the roads by 5 a.m. and that sanitation personnel should be on the ground within the next two hours. “It will be the duty of inspectors, supervisors and officers to ensure that the first round of cleaning is completed by 9am,” an official from Noida said.
Agencies and contractors were also told that absenteeism by sanitation workers would not be tolerated. “These personnel must be identified and action taken against them,” Tyagi said.