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‘Ensuring cleanliness in twin cities is priority’

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Y.S. Patil takes charge as Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation

New chapter:Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain greeting Y.S. Patil (right), who assumed charge as Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation in Hubli on Monday.
New chapter:Deputy Commissioner Darpan Jain greeting Y.S. Patil (right), who assumed charge as Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation in Hubli on Monday.

Ensuring cleanliness in the twin cities is priority, Y.S. Patil has said after taking charge as Commissioner of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation here on Monday.

Mr. Patil was addressing presspersons after taking charge from in-charge Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad Darpan Jain.

The new Commissioner said that he would focus on early implementation of various projects taken up under the second Rs. 100-crore grant released to the corporation.

He said that initial plans had been chalked out and work on some of the projects had been initiated.

Mr. Patil said that his job was to ensure effective utilisation of funds for the comprehensive development of the twin cities.

To a query, he said that a few works for the solid waste management system for Hubli-Dharwad had been initiated and a comprehensive proposal was in the final stages of approval. Referring to the need to ensure effective implementation of the ban on plastic bags of less than 40 micron in thickness, Mr. Patil said that there was a need to frame bylaws pertaining to the issue and he would take steps in this regard.

“If we have bylaws and then get the approval of the Directorate of Municipal Administration, it will be easy for us to take steps such as cancellation of the trade licences of repeat offenders,” he said.

Regarding encroachment of footpaths, he said that while it was necessary to clear encroachments by vendors, it was also necessary to earmark hawking zones for them.

Meeting

Soon after taking charge, Mr. Patil took part in a meeting of HDMC officials chaired by Mr. Jain.

The matter of the Pourakarmika Makkala Swachatha Guttigedhara Sangha, an organisation of civic workers, deciding to go on strike from Monday demanding a change in the new rules for issue of sanitation contracts was discussed and zonal officers were given instructions on how to handle the issue.


  • ‘I will focus on early implementation of projects taken up under the second Rs. 100-crore grant’

  • ‘Bylaws needed to effectively implement ban on plastic bags of less than 40 micron in thickness’


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