How Drums Will Be Used to Shame Residents Who Dispose Garbage at the Wrong Places

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Residents of Agra who do not dispose garbage properly will now be shamed by sanitary workers in the city. Workers will stand in front of their houses or shops and beat drums to make them and others realize the importance of cleanliness in the city. 

The Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) has come up with a very unique idea to ensure cleanliness in the city. Those residents who do not dispose of garbage at the right places, will be given the “drumming” treatment.

According to civic officials, a team of sanitary workers in Agra will now carry drums along with their broom sticks.

They will stop to play their drums in front of those houses or shops where people often throw garbage outside the premises or on the streets.


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According to AMC commissioner Indra Vikram Singh, about 3,000 sanitary workers have to clean 750 metric tonnes of solid waste produced by 18 lakh residents every day.

“This is not an easy task. Our workers urge locals to throw garbage in bins provided by AMC. Instead, residents and shops prefer to litter on the lanes of colonies or in open areas, making it increasingly difficult for us to keep the city clean,” he told The Times of India.

This drum treatment is being taken up with the idea of shaming offenders, which in turn will motivate others to be more careful about where they are disposing garbage.

In yet another step towards solving problems regarding public amenities without any delays, AMC has launched an official WhatsApp group whereby the municipal commissioner will directly send orders to his officials to resolve matters in a given amount of time. This will be accompanied by a Facebook page called Agra Nagar Nigam, where residents can share complaints with pictures and posts. The messages collected on this page will also be transferred to the WhatsApp group so the concerned officials can look into the matter and resolve it as fast as possible.

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