New Delhi: In a bid to address the public sanitation problems, ‘The Flush Mob’ is gearing up to bolster the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ through numerous programs in the capital on November 7. The body which is associated with the World Toilet Organization (WTO) endorsed by UN Waters, is aiming to increase the efficiency in maintaining sanitation in public toilets.
The outfit, in their program, would also include workers deployed in various privately run public conveniences and apprise the rural people to be more aware about sanitation.
Among the plethora of activities, a walkathon from Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station gate no. 4 to Ramjas College, Delhi University at 7 am, a poetry workshop, pottery, dance, spilling colors through painting, creative relay and quizzing mainly for children, are slated to take place.
The group would also organize events like “Poop Hunt”, “Poop Eye”, “Poop to the Loo” and “Poop Mine” to lure people into their initiative. A musical extravaganza will also enthral the crowd at the Ramjas campus. This would be the first time such an event would take place in Delhi.
‘The Flush Mob’, founded by documentary film-maker Saptarshi Roy, recently became a part of the popular and lively initiative Raahgiri!
Speaking on setting up “The Flush Mob”, Roy said, “Meeting Mr Jack Sim, Mr Toilet, the founder of the World Toilet Organization, I exactly knew what and how I had to start what I always wanted to do. He became my biggest inspiration. If not the whole India, me and my super energetic team of volunteers would keep doing small and big things to improve the situation in Delhi & NCR.”
Activists of the organisation are not a group of people whom you see running with ‘Harpics’ and broomsticks, but dedicated cadres who are taking the task of promoting sanitation and health-care to the next level.
At least 13 countries have observed the UN World Toilet Day: Sanitation for All in the past. Mumbai too had hosted various programmes on the day. But this would be the first time that such an event would be celebrated in the capital city.
With slogans, posters and screaming taglines like, “who does not want to give a shit?”, “Giving a shit is always fun!”, “Let’s run for the urgent run together”, the “Urgent Run” initiative by The Flush Mob is expected to grab a lot of eye-balls in its vision to bring in a change in issues of sanitation.
The Urgent Run is set to take place on the November 7 at Ramjas College.
"If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function," it says.
The Delhi government has drafted a policy to keep a check on the wastage of food at social functions in the national capital.
All organisers and caterers will have to register themselves with NGOs to manage the surplus and leftover food for distribution among the underprivileged, says the draft policy.
“The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs,” reads the Draft ‘Policy for Holding Social Functions in Hotels, Motels and Low-Density Residential Area (LDRA) in National Capital Territory of Delhi’.
According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer.
“They should be registered with some NGO to manage surplus/leftover food by distributing the same among underprivileged. The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs.
The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.
“If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function,” it says.
The Commissioner Food Safety shall ensure that the above conditions are strictly followed; any violation thereof would invite action from the deployed officers by the Commissioner Food Safety, the draft policy reads.
The rules will be enforced by periodical inspections, which shall be conducted by officers of various state stakeholder agencies.
“Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders.”
“The capacity of the space should be determined by multiplying the total number of car parking available by four or by means the number of persons obtained by dividing the gross floor area of the premises by occupant load factor at 1.5 sqm, whichever is less,” says the document.
It said adding that the total number of days on which a social function can be organised are restricted to 120 days in authorized/approved spaces.
The draft also said that motels and LDRA should be constructed as per sanctioned building plan.
“Minimum area of LDRA must be equals or more than 2.5 acres. Only such Motel and LDRA houses should be permitted to hold social functions which have proper access to the road from a main road (60 ft wide or more) and the LDRA should not be located at a road which ends in a dead end,” it said.
According to an official from the government, the decision to formulate a comprehensive policy regulating social functions was taken after the direction of the Supreme Court.
“Further, in view of Motel Policy of Ministry of Tourism 1995, policy for holding social functions in Farmhouses of Government of NCT of Delhi, Master Plan 2021(MPD 2021), amendments in MPD-2021 notified in 2013, a comprehensive policy was required to be drafted,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
The Chief Secretary has constituted a committee of four officers, including Principal Secretaries of Urban Development and Health, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Jal Board and Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, to draft the policy.
“Accordingly, the committee after consultation with all stakeholders drafted the policy keeping in mind concerns of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) and Supreme Court such as stop the use of perennially installed semi-permanent pandals, nuisance of parking on outside road of the venue, safety of guests and general public, stop the misuse of scarce resources like water and stop any kind of pollution or degradation of Environment,” the official said. (IANS)