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New Delhi : Minister of Housing & Urban Affairs (HUA) Hardeep Singh Puri on October 1, 2017, expressed his serious concern over sanitation workers dying while manually cleaning clogged sewers in the national capital. Participating in ‘Swacchata Hi Sewa’ campaign organized by the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) at India Gate here, the Minister stressed on the need of mechanised cleaning of sewers.

Addressing a gathering after felicitating the winners of Swacchata Painting Competition for students organized by CPWD, Puri said his concern over unsafe and manual cleaning of sewers was shared by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal who met him on September 26, 2017. He further said a good portion of the Rs 300 crore sanctioned by his ministry for the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi would be spent on procuring mechanised sewer cleaners. Puri said that the national capital of Delhi is among the major global cities of the world and it needs to be clean to be worthy of that status, according to a PIB release.

Puri appealed to the citizens of Delhi and other agencies like hotels not to dump garbage in to sewers to prevent their clogging. “We should give up the attitude of we litter and others would clean,” the Minister said and called for ensuring segregation of waste at source on a war footing in the national capital.

He said  that the ongoing ‘Swacchata Hi Sewa’ campaign started on September 15 has proved to be a trigger towards making the country clean. He informed that as per the reports last received, over 80 lakh citizens have enthusiastically participated in this campaign in the urban areas of the country. A total of over 3.50 lakh mass action campaigns have been taken up so far, he said.

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