Since the results of Swachh Survekshan 2017 were out and Jaipur came 215th in the list of the cleanest cities in India, everybody has been taking about how bad the city was marked on the scale of cleanliness. Along with criticism, came measures. A lot many measures have been introduced to help Jaipur become a cleaner city, which we all can be proud of.
The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) started its door-to-door garbage collection service, where beautifully painted garbage collection vehicles started collecting trash from different wards. These garbage collection vehicles, which have been painted by the Cartist group, started the door-to-door garbage collection service from 8 wards in the city. This service has now been extended to other wards too.
Other than this, JMC recently ordered all shopkeepers to keep two dustbins - a green one and a blue one, outside their shops. Anyone who would not follow the order will be liable to penalties. This has been a drastic step in making the city cleaner.
All shopkeepers, dhabas, grocers in Jaipur have kept dustbins outside their shops for the first time in history. Though due to fear of authorities, but it is still a great sight to see dustbins at every shop. Even Jaipurites and tourists have praises for this initiative. If the Jaipur Municipal Corporation officers find any garbage thrown on the streets and the absence of proposed dustbins, shopkeepers will have to pay heavy fines.
This step has reduced the garbage on Jaipur roads to great extent. the city markets have some 25,000 shops, which suggests that the bazaars of Jaipur now have some 80,000 dustbins. Every day they are collecting 400 metric tons of garbage in these dustbins. JMC will send 100 hupers and 100 tractors twice a day - once in the noon and other time in the evening, to collect all the garbage from these dustbins that have been placed in the city.
Another initiative by the JMC, which deserves appreciation is the decision to ban the use of poly bags. The authorities have strictly banned use of poly bags at shops and other places and have also imposed heavy fines on anyone caught using them. They are encouraging use of newspaper bags and brown paper bags instead.
The authorities recently sealed 1.5 kg plastic carry bag in Vidyadhar Nagar zone along with collecting 40300 INR as charges for the same. 2 kg plastic bags were sealed in Mansarovar zone and 8 kg in Hawa Mahal zone.