Bhubaneswar, Dec 4 (LocalWire): More than 80 percent of the vendors/shop-owners in Odisha’s capital city Bhubaneswar have started using dustbins after the implementation of “Swachh Market Swachh Road” initiative said officials on Tuesday.
Many stakeholders have come up voluntarily to take up the initiative to make the city cleaner, said a senior official of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Administrative charges to the tune of Rs 5.70 lakh were also collected by the BMC since October 15 under this initiative for a cleaner environment and litter-free roads and markets across the city.
Laxmidhar Das, owner of Modern Art, a printing facility near Damana Square, has also contributed to the campaign.
“All the shop-owners near our square are now using dustbins and our environment has changed a lot after this campaign as the enforcement teams have made it a point to conduct series of raids. They also cleared encroachment from the roads and footpaths,’’ Das said.
Zonal Deputy Commissioner (North Zone) Pramod Kumar Prusty said: “The BMC squads under the campaign have collected administrative charges of Rs 2.65 lakh. Major roads have become cleaner and more than 80 percent shop-owners have started using dustbins now.’’
For effective use of movement, each Zonal Deputy Commissioner has formed squads consisting ward officer, community organizers and zonal community organizers. Female squads have also been formed to attend to female vendors at various vending zones.
Those found littering near their establishments are slapped with administrative charge, said an official.