Uttar Pradesh's Urban Development Minister, AK Sharma, inaugurated a '154-hour non-stop cleanliness campaign' from his official residence on September 26. This extensive initiative is scheduled to conclude on October 2, marking the 154th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).
During this campaign, local authorities in the state will undertake the task of cleaning all streets, roads, and drains in cities. Minister Sharma emphasized that the work of cleaning teams and officials will undergo continuous monitoring. Furthermore, civic bodies will actively seek the cooperation of public representatives and citizens in this cleanliness drive. Sharma urged all local bodies to collaborate with one another and make efficient use of machinery and available resources. Additionally, they should prioritize regular and timely door-to-door waste collection and its proper disposal.
The minister also stressed the importance of raising awareness about cleanliness among the public and discouraging littering in public spaces. The campaign will promote the reduction of single-use plastics, and stringent action will be taken against individuals who engage in littering and pollution.
Participation from schools, colleges, and universities will be encouraged during the campaign. Students will receive education on waste management and be motivated to engage in creative recycling projects. The campaign will particularly focus on cleaning major intersections, bus terminals, railway stations, hospitals, markets, religious sites, and public areas. Additionally, efforts will be made to ensure the cleanliness of public restrooms near hospitals.
The event saw the virtual participation of Nitin Bansal, the Director of the Directorate of Urban Bodies in Uttar Pradesh, along with municipal commissioners, executive officers, and other civic officials. This initiative aims to promote cleanliness, environmental responsibility, and community involvement across the state.