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Amitabh lauds KMC's disinfection drive

Amitabh lauds KMCs disinfection drive

Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation's efforts to maintain the best possible cleanliness in the city amidst the Coronavirus lockdown has been appreciated by none other than Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

Bachchan has even asked the Mumbai civic authorities to take a cue from the methodology adopted by KMC in this regard. Big B on Thursday morning retweeted the tweet of a South Kolkata resident that shows vehicles spraying disinfectants on the road at Sarat Bose Avenue, in presence of sanitisation workers clad in protective equipment.

"Wow…this is fantastic…Mumbai, hello...can the authorities please do this for us too," tweeted Big B, sharing the video on his Twitter handle.

The Parks & Square department of the civic body has been carrying out similar exercises since Tuesday at different parts of the city. "There are around 10 odd vehicles of the KMC that are used for spraying on roads to prevent air pollution. The water content in these vehicles has been mixed with a proportion of chlorine as per advice from experts and the mixture is being sprayed on the roads for sanitisation," a senior official of the department said.

"We are grateful that our efforts have been lauded by a person of his (Amitabh Bachchan's) stature. We will continue this work of sanitisation in hospitals, health units, and large apartments in the city to ensure that the citizens of Kolkata are safe," said Debasish Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks & Squares).

On Thursday, the vehicles were used for disinfecting the entire stretch from Rashbehari crossing till Gariahat, in and around Sarat Bose Road, inside the premises of Sambhunath Pandit Hospital and also inside the RG Kar Medical College Hospital campus in North Kolkata.

Local councillor Ashim Basu supervised the work at Sambhunath Pandit Hospital, while councillor Tarun Saha monitored work at RG Kar.

The Solid Waste Management department is also using smaller vehicles for similar exercise, in case of narrow stretches. "We have 20 such vehicles and we have used them in all major hospitals in the city. The vehicles of Parks and Squares are large in size and cannot sneak in narrow places. This is where our vehicles come handy," said Debabrata Majumder, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Solid Waste Management).

The KMC has also procured special type of small light machines for spraying disinfectants inside households. "We will use these in residences where people are in home isolation as per advice by doctors," he added.

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