HYDERABAD: Seventy five major cities in the country will be ranked basing on sanitation and hygiene conditions there. The ranking will come after more than a year of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October last year.
The Union ministry of urban development has commissioned a survey, Swachh Survekshan, to assess clealiness in cities based on the parameters. The survey, to be conducted in January, will be carried out by Quality Council of India.
General public will have a major say in the survey and cities will be given ranks based on the examination.
Joint secretary of Swachh Bharat Mission Shubha Thakur told reporters here on Wednesday that the focus would be on the feedback of citizens and solid waste management.
Data to evaluate sanitation and hygienic conditions in a city will be gathered from citizens through independent observation and from municipal bodies.
In August, Hyderabad was awarded a dismal 275th rank out of 476 cities in a Swachh Survey commissioned by the Union ministry. Asked about the basis of the ranking, she said the survey had been taken up before Swachh Bharat was launched, and certain factors which were outside the jurisdiction of the municipalities were also considered.
“This time, nothing will be outside the limits of municipalities. Focus will be on solid waste management. We will have real-time data collection,” she said.
Thakur said building 1.04 crore individual toilets, 2.52 lakh community toilets, 2.56 lakh public toilets are the goals of the mission.
“We will achieve all our targets by 2019. The difficult task is solid waste management which includes collection, transport and disposal of solid waste,” she said.
Central Official Lauds efforts to maintain cleanliness in City
Hyderabad: The measures taken to manage solid waste in Hyderabad have come in for praise from Shubha Thakur, joint secretary of Swachh Bharat Mission in the Union ministry of urban development. The state government is distributing red and green garbage bins to households for separate dry and wet wastes. Thakur launched ‘one lakh hands’ campaign in schools here on Wednesday to involve school students in the mission. She also visited a few parts of the city to inspect toilet facilities, cleanliness in the lanes and other factors. “Whatever I have seen so far has been good. I have not found any dirty street in the areas I visited.” GHMC officials said that she was taken to upmarket areas such as Banjara Hills, Raj Bhavan Road, Mehdipatnam and Attapur. As part of a fortnight cleanliness drive under the mission, GHMC will clean areas under flyovers, on medians and at road curves from January 1 to 15. Another drive will be launched to cleanse water bodies and waterfronts.