Uttar Pradesh to focus on cleaner drains, public toilets to prevent spread of Covid-19

Sat, 2020-03-28 14:33 -- SCC India Staff

Uttar Pradesh

Amid chief minister Yogi Adityanath announcing lockdown in 17 districts to get them sanitized in the wake of coronavirus threat, the Department of Urban Development has placed a slew of cleanliness measures to arrest its spread.

In a communique to all municipal commissioners and executive heads of local bodies, the principal secretary, urban development, Deepak Kumar, has issued a set of instructions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

According to Kumar, municipal commissioners/executive heads of local bodies will constitute ward-wise special work forces to ensure cleanliness. Under a special drive, drains and culverts will be cleaned and drained out silt will either be sent to landfill sites or in a suitable place.

The department has also directed local bodies to spray medicine to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases. Municipal bodies must also ensure that public toilets are cleaned regularly and the target of making the district free of open defecation is achieved at the earliest.

The department has asked municipal bodies to coordinate with district authorities to stop public events. However, if a public event is unavoidable, then it will be the responsibility of the organizer and coordinator to ensure adequate public awareness about Covid-19.