Addressing an urban development and housing department (UDHD)’s function after inaugurating a new system of door-to-door garbage collection in the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s 75 wards, the CM said the exercise would not only ensure cleanliness in the urban areas but also increase the income of cow shelter homes because they would realise a penalty from the animal owners for releasing them.
Nitish said he had already asked the DMs to free the urban roads of stray animals. “In Patna, former DM Sanjay Kumar Agrawal had started the exercise… Now it is the new DM’s duty to continue it,” he said.
He said it was a matter of happiness that the PMC was launching the door-to-door garbage collection system on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary because cleanliness was one of his main messages.
The CM, through a remote control, also laid the stone of a multi-crore waste-to-energy plant at Ramchak Bairiya in Patna. He said the plant would purchase municipal waste as resource at the rate of Rs 770 per metric tonne.
Nitish further asked the UDHD officials to ensure that all the 143 urban local bodies (ULBs) of the state were declared open defecation free (ODF) by October 2, 2019, and safe drinking water was supplied to all households by October 2, 2020.
He directed the department’s principal secretary to create a separate engineering organisation in the department to ensure speedy implementation of development schemes of the ULBs.
Responding to a demand of Patna Mayor Sita Sahu, the CM announced that the ward councillors’ honorarium would be increased. Sahu, in her speech, had said the PMC ward councillors were being paid Rs 2,500 per month as honorarium.
UDHD minister Suresh Kumar Sharma also spoke on the occasion.