• Non-participation by many corporators and civic officials was attributed to the poor mismanagement and, of course, the intermittent showers that continued to lash the city throughout the day.
The much-publicised mega cleanliness drive, jointly organised by the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Kyoto (Japan), turned out to be a damp squib — thanks to the poor management and intermittent showers.
Many civic officials and corporators did not even care to attend the drive, which started off from Gajanan Mandir with schoolchildren playing lezim. Municipal commissioner Dr Harshdeep Kamble, collector Vikram Kumar and leader of opposition in AMC Dr Zafar Khan were present.
Earlier, the officials held discussions with the Japanese delegation — Masashi Yoshino, Yukari Nakamoto and Mika Kitajima — and coordinator Chaitanya Bhandare.
The members of the delegation from Japan explained the importance of cleanliness to the residents.
Engineers S D Panzade, Sikandar Ali, Hemant Kolhe, health officer Dr Jaishree Kulkarni and Shivaji Jhanjhan, who had dressed as Sant Gadge Baba, were, however, seen enthusiastically participating in the cleanliness drive.
Mayor shows up 45 minutes late
AMC office-bearers, the district collector, the municipal commissioner and students had to wait for 45 minutes in rain for mayor Kala Ozha to come. Tired of waiting for the mayor, they picked up brooms and started cleaning the road, even before the drive was formally inaugurated by the mayor.
Though the mega cleanliness drive was initiated from the ward of the mayor, few residents attended it. Non-participation by many corporators and civic officials was attributed to the poor mismanagement and, of course, the intermittent rain that continued to lash the city throughout the day.
Standing committee chairman Narayan Kuche, deputy mayor Sanjay Joshi, House leader Sanjay Konekar, health committee chairman Manish Dahihande, NCP group leader Afsar Khan were conspicuous of their absence.
According to AMC sources, only 27 employees from the health centre and 77 schoolchildren registered their participation in the drive today.
It may be recalled that last year the then mayor Anita Ghodele had started the mega cleanliness drive from her ward — Samarthnagar. It had witnessed a fairly good response due to proper management. Mayor Ghodele had also paid a visit to Japan in this regard.
Like last year, the civic authorities failed to felicitate the Japanese delegation this time around also.