Pune: Community Management Community (CMC) by Ek Sahhay Khidki Kendra recently won the third prize in the Swachh Awards given by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The award was given for strengthening basic civic amenities, increased engagement of the urban-poor and participation of the people to strengthen the public toilet services.
The initiative also focused on availability of clean drinking water, clean settlements and other basic services in urban slums. A total of five CMCs were formed with 10 members each at 112 B Vishrantwadi, Shramik Vasahat, Laxmi Nagar, Ganesh Nagar and Kamraj Nagar settlements.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Suvarna Kasbe from Laxmi Nagar said, “There were no pipelines in bathrooms and condition of toilets and the drainage was bad. We lodged several online complaints about the same. The authorities come to our rescue but the problem was consistent. So we talked to people using the bathrooms and toilets. We educated them that garbage should not be thrown in the surrounding as they clog the pipelines. This sorted our basic problems.”
“It was a community effort that made the surroundings clean. Not just action but awareness is also necessary to continue this,” added Kasbe.
Highlighting that waste and unhygienic surroundings can lead to diseases, Shayada Shaikh said the number of dengue cases was increasing day by day.
“The primary reason was improper sanitation. We started cleaning the areas to make sure mosquito breeding is reduced. There were issues of no electricity in some places but that was solved after an online complaint was made,” said Shaikh.