Responsive Governance Supports Rajendrapura Colony in Ajmer
Rajendrapura is a closed settlement having congested spaces and is devoid of individual toilets or any community toilet. It is about 70-year-old settlement which is situated within the city centre in Ward 51 of Ajmer. There are 45 families living in this notified settlement of Ajmer Municipal Corporation. Residents are engaged in daily wage, scrap collection, while women work as maids. There are no individual toilets in households and all families practise open defecation. Mr. Anil Moyle is a ward councillor who is active and ready to listen to suggestions from PRIA team members. In earlier interactions with councillor, the team discussed the issue of open defecation and explored options of individual toilets and community toilets.
During the household mobile survey in Rajendrapura Slum on September 22, 2016 the team noticed that there are heaps of garbage spread all over and drains are blocked. Settlement Improvement Committee (SIC) members also discussed and complained about the worsening sanitation conditions of settlement. PRIA team along with SIC had conversation with Sanitation Inspector in charge for the ward. He arrived at the location upon request and SIC members showed the heaps of garbage and blocked drainages and talked about absenteeism of safai karmachari (sweeper) in the settlement.
The inspector quickly took action and called supervisor (Jamadar) and arranged for cleaning of settlement and drainages. He also assured that the safai karmachari will be deployed who will visit each household every day in this settlement with a cart. The team and inspector requested the community members to maintain a dust bin at home and dispense the garbage to the safai karmachari every day. At the end of these interactions, the garbage was collected, cleaned and drains unblocked.
Later, Mr. Anil Mehra, engineer in charge of Swatch Bharat Mission (SBM) visited the settlement and requested the residents to apply for individual toilets. He also talked about laying sewerage line in the settlement. The issue in this congested settlement is of space and households are lacking any space for construction of new toilets. The team requested to arrange for mobile toilet van for this settlement until any alternate arrangements are made. The engineer suggested the residents to think about building the toilets on roofs as they have RCC roofs. PRIA decided to talk to SIC and community and counsel for building the toilets and avail the benefits being provided under SBM.