Nagpur slips to 137th rank in Swachh Survekshan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2017 09:50:11

Special Correspondent,

Open Defecation and non segregation of garbage at source may be the prime reason

Mayor promises to improve situation,

Nagpur has slipped to 137th rank in ‘Swachh Survekshan -2017’ carried out by Urban Development Department of the Central Government. Almost 434 cities participated in the survey. Shockingly, Nagpur stood second even in Vidarbha region and 12th in Maharashtra. Chandrapur, which had lot of coal related industries, stood at 76th, and first in Vidarbha region. The business city of Madhya Pradesh, Indore stood first in ‘Swachh Survekshan’ ranking in the country.

Every year, cities and towns across India are awarded with the title of “Swachh Cities” on the basis of their cleanliness and sanitation drive as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. During last year survey, Nagpur got 20th rank in the survey of 73 cities. This year, Nagpur failed to get higher ranking due to open defecation on at various places and non-segregation of garbage at source. Besides citizens of Nagpur did not respond to the cleanliness survey on the mobile App launched by the civic body, this was also the one reason in lagging behind in the survey of cities.

Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu released the list based on the level of cleanliness in 434 cities.
It may be mentioned that in the year 2014, among 476 cities with a population of one lakh and above participated in the ‘Swachh Survekshan’ and Nagpur was relegated to 256th rank in the list. The position has been improved by the local body this year.

The Ministry had initiated ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’, in which a survey was conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI) under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to rank 500 cities across the country with a population of one lakh and above, on cleanliness.

According to a report, over 18 lakh citizens responded to a set of six questions giving their perception of sanitation situation in cities and towns in the survey commissioned by the Ministry of Urban Development during January-February this year.

The team of Quality Council of India that conducted the survey visited 42 locations in each city covering major zones like railway station, bus stations, religious places, major market places, planned and unplanned residential areas including slums and toilet complexes.

Many experts who feel that city deserves a much better rank, blamed the faulty procedure followed by the Central Government in ranking the cities under the mission. There is no comparison of Pune, Nagpur with smaller cities like Jabalpur, Seoni and Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. The competition should be held between metro cities according to their area and population. The experts termed outcome of thus survey as unfair and disadvantageous for big cities.

Reacting on the outcome of the survey, Mayor Nanda Jichkar said, “We have given topmost priority to cleanliness in the city. The city is visibly good but we have to walk miles to achieve better results in future. The proposal to provide buckets to every household to segregate garbage at source will be discussed in the general body meeting slated on May 8.”

Ruling Party leader Sandip Joshi said, “It is necessary to get help of the citizens in the cleanliness drive. Citizens should come forward to make their city more clean and green. We will be moving ahead with this result and try to improve the position in next Abhiyan.”

New Municipal Commissioner Ashwin Mudgal was not satisfied with the performance of the NMC but he hoped that the city would do better in next year’s competition. He said, “We are lagging behind in open defecation at 19 spots, segregation of garbage at source, and collection of door to door garbage in outer areas. These are our gray areas highlighted by the survey.”

The Mayor urged public to stop littering in the garden, roads, and other public places. If every individual takes care of garbage then it will be helpful to maintain cleanliness of the city. Everybody should aim for cleanliness, he appealed. He was surprised over the open defecation near Vidhan Bhavan also and directed department to provide mobile toilets on the spots to plug open defecation. He said, “We are providing individual toilets to every household to stop open defecation.”

Dr Ramnath Sonwane, Additional Commissioner of NMC said, “The result is unexpected for us. In fact, we were hoping for better result this time. We slipped in the ranking due to open defecation and non-segregation of garbage at source. However, we have decided to segregate the garbage at source from June 5. We have also signed an agreement with Essel Hitacahi - a joint venture company for waste to energy project in Nagpur on Thursday.” The agreement was signed by Ravi Bhatnagar Vice Chairman of Essel Group and Dr Sonwane on Thursday.