Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday directed officials to ensure 100 per cent mechanisation of sewer cleaning in the capital by March next year.
The Lt Governor issued the direction at a review meeting on the issue of deaths of sanitation workers while cleaning sewers in Delhi.
“LG directed that the goal of 100 per cent mechanisation of sewer cleaning should be achieved by March, 2018. He also asked the concerned agencies to lay down an SOP for manual cleaning of sewers in emergency situations,” an official statement said.
Meanwhile Baijal, in another meeting, also issued directions regarding greening of the garbage mounds in Bhalswa and Okhla landfills after grading their slopes under expert guidance.
Experts from IIT-Delhi and the industry along with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain attended the meeting.
In the meeting Lt. Governor also discussed the solutions for all the three garbage mounds on a case-by-case basis.
The meeting was informed that National Highways Authority of India would undertake the work of segregation and utilisation of garbage of the Ghazipur mound from mid-November for use in its road project.