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Eco-friendly measures push Jalandhar Cantt to top slot

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 20

From the 12th rank among 62 cantonments across the country last year, Jalandhar has sprung a surprise by getting the top position in the Swachh Survekshan 2020, conducted by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

By implementing eco-friendly initiatives, such as segregation of waste from houses, use of compost, rainwater harvesting and ban on plastic strictly, the cantonment board managed to score the highest 3,670 points this year. A team of the Central Government had visited various pockets of the 15.2 sq km cantonment area in November last year and verified all factors and parameters set for the survey.

Jyoti Kumar, CEO, Jalandhar Cantonment, attributed the recognition to the hard work of the sanitation staff and the joint efforts of residents and NGO Green Hearts, who are working for the cause with dedication. "Our sensitisation programme on waste segregation was carried out in an effective manner. All those residents who could not understand how segregation was to be done were given demonstrations outside their homes. The garden waste was managed within the garden, with aerobic and anaerobic pits for green and dry foliage," he said, after attending an online ceremony of the department in Delhi.

In the cantonment, there has been much strictness over carrying plastic bags and awareness drives have also been carried out in the residential areas. Jute handbags have been distributed and the residents have been urged to carry them along when going to markets. Fines have also been imposed on violators.

All residents here have been given blue and green dustbins, with strict orders to hand over the green waste separately to sanitation employees engaged in the door-to-door lifting of garbage.

As the sale of compost could not be possible, the same was used in hospitals, schools and government buildings. All government buildings also got rainwater harvesting systems installed for recharging groundwater. While Jalandhar Cantt made a mark, Jalandhar city remained far behind at 119th rank. It was placed at 166th rank last year.

from The Tribune

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