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Dhanbad: Ready to give  replies logically as to why Dhanbad ranked  last in ‘Swachh Survey’  of 73 Indian cities with more than 15 lakh population and what steps have been taken to improve its ranking, Dhanbad mayor Chandra Shekhar Agrawal on Saturday assured Union Urban Development minister M Venkaiah Naidu that his on going  mission to make ‘Dhanbad clean and better  livable’   with support of all the residents and all his 55  ward councillors  and his officers  will definitely  fetch much better results in the next Swachh  survey.

The Dhanbad mayor  was talking to Naidu and union Urban development secretary Rajiv Gauva through a video conference. He  explained his short comings and his strength  and what  initiatives he was taking to put Dhanbad much high in ranking. Agrawal did not mince words while saying that the last 6 years of DMC had gone waste on cleanliness front as DMC had only six officers in place against a sanctioned strength  of 95 officers.

“I told the  union minister that with 40 officers posted in DMC on Saturday and 55 ward councilors  and common people, the day is not far when Dhanbad will be among the cleanest city of the country,” Agrawal said.

” We  are working on  three point programme: stopping open defecation  and every family having its own toilet for which door to  door survey and help is being given, door to door collection of garbage and regular cleaning of drains and roads,” the Dhanbad Mayor said.

” I have not been able to meet the expectation of people but at the same time people  should also come  forward to cooperate with us in making this city clean. This is what I told the union minister,” he said.

When asked that what was Naidu’s reply, the mayor said that the union minister  said that  DMC should take help of  Bharat coking coal Limited also which has major role to play in keeping Dhanbad clean. While  talking  to the union minister, Dhanbad  deputy commissioner A Dodda informed the minister that he was helping DMC in  fast acquisition of land for dumping of garbage  and mobilising more funds which Dhanbad administration was getting  from mineral development corporation. All 55 ward councillors and officers  were present in the video conference.

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