Tuesday, June 29, 2010

CM Assures that Monsoon will not affect Games work

With the rains approaching Delhi, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday dismissed apprehensions that this might affect the preparations for Commonwealth Games. She also assured that the capital will not face any water or power shortage during the event.

Dikshit was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference on ‘Cost-effective Sustainable Sanitation’, organized by NGO Plan India and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Institute along with UNICEF and Rural Development Ministry.

‘‘No, no. We are aware of the fact that there will be rain, but we have done a lot of work already,’’ responding to a query whether rain will hit the Games-related infrastructure work.

Earlier, delivering the keynote address at the meet, Dikshit said to combat the problem of waste removal in big cities like Delhi, there was a need to adopt the principle of ‘‘use, re-use and recycle’’.

She referred to a project launched by her government recently to produce power from waste as well as the Yamuna interceptor scheme under which sludge removal will be undertaken to make the river water cleaner. Dikshit also said while the job of the municipalities is to ensure that cities remain clean, educating people about changing their ‘‘habit’’ is also a key factor.

‘‘If people do not throw garbage on the streets, which will definitely help. There should be community participation in keeping the city clean. While the poor lack access to sanitation, in big cities the major creators of garbage are the rich people,’’ she said.

UNICEF deputy country director Lizette Burgers observed that 840 million children in the world lack access to sanitation and dwelt on how problems like open defecation lead to diseases like diarrhea as well as malnutrition among children.