The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has initiated a city-wide mass cleaning drive in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and residents’ welfare associations (RWAs). This concerted effort aims to improve public health by addressing waste management issues at the ward level. GCC officials are urging RWAs to refrain from dumping waste in public spaces and instead support house-to-house collection and segregation of garbage.
The drive, previously conducted twice a month in designated locations, is now being expanded to cover all 200 wards daily. Awareness campaigns are being carried out to discourage improper disposal of hazardous materials and encourage the use of designated dustbins. Residents are being actively involved in these efforts, with GCC officials working to sensitize them about the importance of cooperating with NGOs for neighborhood cleanups.
Additionally, efforts are underway to engage bulk waste generators like offices and markets in supporting the mass cleaning initiatives. Through collective action and cooperation, the GCC aims to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for Chennai residents while enlisting the support of over 19,000 personnel dedicated to keeping the city clean.