A seminar on Clean Udaipur was organised on 6 December 2014 at the Aravali Conference Hall of the Udaipur Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UCCI) in joint collaboration of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Vidya Bhawan Society and UCCI. A research report was presented on Udaipur's city limits, basic amenities like water supply, drainage, health etc., GIS mapping of open defecation in Wards, dumping site for solid waste disposal and other aspects of sanitation.
CPR is partnering with Vidya Bhawan Society in research; developing models and need based planning on sanitation; and up-scaling the urban local bodies to meet the desired standards at the national level.
Shri Subhagto Dasgupta, Sr. Research Fellow of CPR, informed that GoI will select 500 cities with more than one lakh population each under 'Swach Bharat Mission'; 100 cities under 'Smart City Scheme' and 60 cities under 'Heritage City Scheme'. Systems will be strengthened for health, sanitation and drainage under NUDM.
Shri Riaz Tehsin, President of Vidya Bhawan Society, said that the idea of Clean Udaipur should be instilled into the citizenry and collective efforts should be made in this regard. Shri Phool Singh Meena, MLA of Udiapur (Rural), stressed on controlling industrial pollution by adhering to the norms on pollution control. Shri Arjun Lal Meena, MP of Udiapur, suggested that the industrialist should adopt eco-friendly techniques and develop pollution-free industries.
Sharing the solid waste management scheme of the Municipal Corporation, Shri Chander Singh Kothari, Mayor of Udaipur, said that Clean Udaipur can become a reality with public awakening. He gave example of a colony where newly installed street-lights were smashed to keep the street dark for open defecation.
In the technical session, Shri K.S. Mogra, former Chairman of UCCI, informed about the hazardous waste management scheme for industrial waste being implemented by the UCCI in the Gudli Indistrial Area. Ms. Sushma Sharma, Head of CSR of HZL, spoke on the company's sewerage treatment plant and construction of toilets in the rural areas. Shri Anil Mehta, Jt. Secretary of Jheel Sanrakshan Samiti, talked about the Green-bridge Technique. Shri Prakhar Jain of CPR informed about the process of GIS mapping of Udaipur city.
Panel Discussion was chaired by Shri G.S. Tank, former Chairman of RPSC, who expressed concern over the encroachments on the banks of Ayad river. Shri Ramesh Choudhary, Governor of Rotary, pitched in with Rotary's initiative on literacy and sanitation. Shri Sudhir Dave, Chief Planning Officer, informed about the steps taken by the district administration to involve the citizens in the Clean Udaipur campaign. Ms. Rajani Dangi, former Mayor, said that proper drainage system should be in place before colonization. She expressed the need for more equipments to keep the lakes clean.
Dr. Sanjeev Tank, CMHO of Udaipur, emphasised on the need to equip the schools with facilities for clean and safe drinking water, separate toilets for girls and boys and modular kitchens for mid-day meals. Shri Vinod Kumbhat, Chairman of UCCI, said that the idea of cleanliness should be instilled in children at the school level. He extended all cooperation from UCCI for the Clean Udaipur campaign.
Other speaker included Shri K.S. Mogra, former Chairman of UCCI, Dr. P.C. Jain and Ms. Rehana Germanwala, Member of Municipal Corporation. Around 125 persons from government departments, voluntary organisations and industries participated in the seminar. Shri V.P. Rathi, Sr. Vice-President of UCCI, gave vote of thanks.