Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao accompanied Nita Ambani today participated in a Swachhata Abhiyan in the front yard of Sir JJ Group of Hospitals in Mumbai. Wife of Governor, Smt Ch Vinodha was also present. The Govenor also planted a sapling in the JJ Hospital compound on the occasion.
Speaking to Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte and Dean of JJ Hospital Dr T P Lahane, the Governor expressed the need for having a new building for the Hospital and for providing better facilities to the poor patients coming from different parts of the country. The Chief Secretary assured the Governor that immediate steps would be taken in this regard.
The Governor accomapanied by Nita Ambani also visited the Byculla market (Sant Gadgebaba Mandai) and took part in a cleanliness drive. Dustbins were distributed to the vegetable vendors on the occasion.
Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte told the Governor that the Municipal Corporation was working on a plan to construct a new building for the Mandai to accommodate all the vegetable vendors. The suggestion of opening a cold storage facility to preserve unsold material and a recycling plant for the disposal of waste was also discussed. Vegetable vendors assured the Governor that they will keep the surroundings clean.
The Governor asked the Municipal Commissioners to keep more dustbins, carrying the message of Swachhata Abhiyan, in the city. The Governor also expressed the need for bringing certain restrictions on the use of plastic bags.
Governor moots idea of underground toilets
The Governor mooted the idea of constructing underground toilets on Marine Drive without disturbing the aesthetics of the place. He said, this would be an innovative solution to tide over the problem of lack of toilets on the landmark promonede. The Governor suggested opening more toilets on highways and in public places.
The issue of preventing open air defecation on the railway tracks in Mumbai and elsewhere was also discussed. The idea of mandating carrying of dog poop pouch by pet owners was also discussed.