Open House How can city improve its sanitary conditions?
Sanitary conditions in the city can be improved by laying cemented tiles along roads to minimise the air pollution. If it is not possible, grow grass or saplings so that it fulfil two purposes— air pollution will be decreased and areas under green belt will be increased. The local government must provide some place for parks in each area and install open air gyms there. In each street, there should be a clinic. Every citizen must cooperate with the government to maintain and protect the sanitary facilities in their areas.
Dr Mohd Saleem Farooqi
Spread awareness on waste disposal
Though government has taken many initiatives to improve the sanitary conditions, it is still lacking in some areas such as poor toilet facilities, waterlogging and waste management. It should take serious steps against these issues that are being neglected since long. The authorities should construct toilets in slum areas and hold awareness campaigns to aware women of proper menstrual hygiene. Roads and sewerage systems should be improved. Though steps have been taken for cleanliness of roads and streets, waste is being dumped at colonies and water bodies which causes unhygienic conditions. The government should become more vigilant and must spread awareness regarding proper disposal of waste at houses.
Authorities, people should work jointly
Improvement in sanitation facilities is the need of the hour. We need to work together to achieve this goal. We can use or instal solar-powered urine diversion toilets, portable tent toilets and two-pit compost toilets instead of normal Indian toilets. At individual level we can use sodium hydroxide or sulphuric acid to clean drains in our houses. House wastes should be properly segregated. Rainwate r should be conserved. The government with the help of people should start projects to use waste as renewable energy.
Install more toilets at public places
Ludhiana is known as the “Manchester of India” and also popularly known as a smart city but unfortunately not a clean and green city. There is so much pollution in the city and residents should think about it. To make Ludhiana a clean and green city, we should promote afforestation. We should not throw garbage on streets as our actions may encourage other people to do the same. Public toilets should be installed and serviced regularly and properly. These all things should be done by the government to maintain sanitation in the city. The administration should make it compulsory to grow at least three-four plants at every house. Being responsible citizens, we should obey orders issued by the government and violators should be punished.
Provide basic facilities at railway station
One thing we all complain about while travelling is cleanliness. The condition of railway stations and bus stands is very poor. The railway ministry should adopt ways to keep these places clean. Sufficient number of dustbins, toilets and clean drinking water facilities should be provided. The ministry should hire private agencies to keep areas under it clean. Sustainable development should be adopted. Vendors should maintain proper hygiene. CCTV cameras should be used to keep track of all activities.
Ensure sanitation at public places
Ludhiana is among the polluted cities of the country and it is also leading in rising Covid-19 cases. Covid has brought our focus on sanitation, health and hygiene. Provision of safe water, sanitation and waste management and hygienic conditions is essential for protecting human health from all infectious diseases and outbreaks. Ensuring proper waste management and sanitary conditions at homes, schools, marketplaces and healthcare facilities will help prevent human-to-human transmission of pathogens. To lay greater emphasis on sanitation, health and hygiene, awareness is the need of the hour.
Sanitation workers should work sincerely
Sanitation is more than just toilets. It includes services and facilities that prevent diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, malaria and coronavirus. In Ludhiana, there are many posh localities where sanitation conditions are good enough. But it is an industrial hub also where there are many “disease- prone” areas. Civic bodies should find out those areas and should start work on it. Dustbins must be kept at proper places. Public toilets must be constructed at appropriate places and workers must be assigned for their proper maintenance. People should be fined for spitting in the open. Safai karamcharis must know their duties well and should perform it with due diligence and care. Departmental duties must be assigned by following strict rules and regulations. Culprits should be heavily fined.
MC should construct toilets in rural areas
The Municipal Corporation should pay attention towards sewage and garbage-related issues as these are the main reasons for the ill-health of people. More public toilets should be built in rural areas so that people should not come in contact with any disease due to open defecation. Various sanitation and cleanliness-related schemes have been started by the government for people and these should be followed and strictly implemented.
Install portable toilets in slum areas
In my opinion, Ludhiana’s sanitary condition can be improved by making people aware of benefits of using toilets. In slum areas, people are not aware about the need of toilets and due to lack of money, they don’t construct toilets and defecate in open areas, which leads to spread of various diseases. The government should construct toilets for people in rural areas and make them accessible for people. If the construction of toilets is not feasible, then it should try to install portable toilets which will cost less. In both circumstances the government should make sure that proper hygiene is maintained in public toilets and these are connected to the sewerage system.
Go for rainwater harvesting system
It is not only the duty of the government but also residents to keep their surroundings clean. During rains, city roads become flooded. To check the issue, rainwater should be routed to a point from where it can flow away to a safer place. Other method is to use rainwater harvesting system to keep our environment clean and green.
Hold competitions to maintain cleanliness
To improve the sanitary situation in the city, we should need to adopt some measures. Size of sewer pipes should be big so that water or waste can pass through easily and plastic items should be totally banned. The government should participate to solve civic issues and public should also need to contribute by not throwing garbage or using plastic items. The MC can hold competitions among societies to maintain cleanliness and awarding them for the same.
Proper drainage system need of the hour
To maintain sanitation of public places, proper drainage system, treated water supply and garbage management are needed. Sanitation and hygiene should be promoted in all communities.
Focus on rain harvesting to check water woes
Like every year, this year’s monsoon doesn’t seemed any different in Ludhiana. A few minutes of rain can flood main areas of the city. Waterlogging can have considerable impact on roads and pavements. The government should construct drainage systems and focus on rainwater harvesting.
Hold events to spread awareness among residents
Sanitary conditions in Ludhiana can get better by providing awareness on hygiene through seminars which can lead to a better environment in the city. Furthermore, water pollution is increasing frequently due to plastics, garbage and industrial waste, which can controlled by prohibiting plastic and proper waste disposal, building proper drainage system by the government.
Every individual should contribute
Sanitary conditions in Ludhiana are becoming worse day by day. Huge heaps of garbage are lying along roads and other places. Only government is not responsible for lapses. Every individual must contribute. If a person throws garbage in a dustbin instead of roads, others will also follow such practice. The government must install two dustbins every 500 m in the city. Green and blue dustbins should be placed. The MC should make strict rules and regulations. Guilty must be punished and ought to pay a heavy fine. One good start could bring Ludhiana’s rank from 34th to number 1.
Increase expenditure on sanitation facilities
Having good sanitation is one such provision which provides safeguard against various diseases, especially Covid-19, and poor sanitation in our surroundings can make us prone to numerous diseases and also weaken our immune system. The administration should increase the expenditure on such sanitation facilities and encourage the public to adopt healthy habits. Moreover, the government must give people the best facilities. People should understand the need and significance of proper sanitation and hygiene as it will not only protect their own family and society but the entire country.
Harkirat Singh Shankar
Admn needs to focus more on healthcare
In these tough times, sanitary conditions have become an essential part of our lives and, hence, improvement in this sector is must. Different strategies should be made by the local authorities to achieve this goal. Public places should be properly sanitised on a regular basis so that people cannot get expose to the virus. The local administration should focus more on healthcare facilities.
Clean Buddha Nullah on a regular basis
“The responsibility for bringing major improvements in sanitary conditions in Ludhiana lies mainly on the Municipal Corporation. Sweepers must clean city streets and roads regularly in the morning and ensure that no garbage is left unattended. The corporation must install modern arrangements for collection and disposal of garbage. All roads must be well-maintained and regular repair work undertaken to ensure that there are no potholes on roads. Street lights and traffic lights must be maintained properly for the safety of people. The corporation must maintain cordial relations with the police so that discipline in maintaining proper sanitary conditions can be ensured in the city. The Buddha Nullah is a blot on the city and it must be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.
Spread awareness among residents
The environment of the city has degraded a lot during the past few years due to rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, increase in population and vehicles and commercialisation of land. The absence of potable water, sanitation and toilets, proper waste collection and other amenities in slums have made living conditions pathetic for its residents. Communicable and vector-borne ailments are common among residents. The authorities should provide healthcare services to all, including slum dwellers. Above all, awareness about importance of basic hygiene and health care should be given to all citizens. —Dr Jasdeep Kaur
Resolve sewerage-related issues
In Ludhiana, there is a lack of basis sanitation facilities. The Municipal Corporation must take care of sewerage and water-related issues. By taking help of some NGOs, the government can turn vacant areas into green belt. Officials or municipal councillor should be held responsible for the maintenance of sewerage system and street lights in the city. The authorities should plant saplings in every street and people should take care of the same. Parks should be provided in all areas. People will give support to the government for these works. —Farzana Khan
Government should focus on sanitation
Improved sanitation has significant impacts not only on health, but also on social and economic development, particularly in developing countries. Hence, people should be made aware of hazards of poor sanitation through publicity. The local authorities and the government should pay more attention towards sanitation. People should be encouraged to implement rainwater harvesting system to collect and store rainwater for drinking or other purposes. —Blessnoor Kaur
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