As a part of Swach Bharat Abhiyan, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is extending its sanitation services to inhabited areas which till now were neglected on account of cleanliness.
The SMC recently extended sanitation to areas like Bagh-e-Mehtab and Wavoosa Rangreth. The residents of Bagh-e-Mehtab while hailing the civic body initiative said it has met their long pending demand.
“Now our colony roads look clean and it makes us feel that we are living in some metropolitan,” said Ghulam Muhammad a local. A columnist living in the area said: “It is for the first time that the civic body takes public issues seriously.”
The locals however demanded immediate installation of streetlights in the area. “There is a dire need for immediate installation of streetlights at-least outside Masjids,” the locals said.
Meanwhile the SMC has extended sanitation services in Rangreth area of south City. The initiative seems to have proved “a symbiotic relation between the inhabitants and the civic body.”
While the colonies look clean, the SMC revenue has equally grown manifold. “We have increased our revenue from Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 50,000 while we aim at crossing the one lakh mark soon,” said Mir Mansoor Ahmed , the concerned Ward Officer and man behind the initiative. Rangreth locals also demanded installation of streetlights.
Chief Sanitation Officer Manzoor Ahmed Turray said "Apart from cleanliness the SMC is bracing up for tourist season." “Srinagar has to be clean, green,” he said.