Indore was adjudged India’s cleanest city for the fourth time in a row, in the union government’s cleanliness survey (Swachh Survekshan) announced on December 31, 2019. The results were of surveys conducted in 2019, in the first quarter between April and June and the second quarter from July to September. According to the survey, Kolkata grabbed the lowest position in cleanliness, in the category of cities having population more than 10 lakhs in the second quarter.
Bhopal stood second in first quarter results (April to June), while Rajkot grabbed the second spot in second quarter results (July-September) of ‘Swachh Survekshan League 2020’. The third position was grabbed by Surat in the first quarter and Navi Mumbai in the second quarter. In the second quarter, Vodara was ranked fourth, followed by Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Nashik, Greater Mumbai, Allahabad and Lucknow.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area was ranked the cleanest in the national capital, followed by Delhi Cantonment in the central government’s cleanliness survey. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation were the worst performers in the city. Among cantonment boards, Delhi Cantt stood first, while second and third positions were grabbed by Jhansi Cantt board and Jalandhar Cantt Board, respectively, in the second quarter. Secunderabad Cantonment Board in Hyderabad was the worst performer among other cantonment boards.
Centre launches ‘Swachh Nagar’ app, for household waste to be picked up by civic bodies
The centre has launched a mobile application, ‘Swachh Nagar’, which will allow people to place a request, to have waste picked up by the local civic body after making a payment
August 14, 2019: The centre, on August 13, 2019, launched a mobile application, through which people will be able to get their household waste picked up by urban municipal bodies. People will have to pay the civic bodies, to avail of the service through the ‘Swachh Nagar’ app.
They can also track the waste collection vehicle on the app, ensuring accountability of municipal corporations, according to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. Talking about the Swachh Nagar app, the ministry’s secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, said people will be able to use the app to place a request to have solid waste, construction and demolition waste and wet waste picked up by the local civic body, after making a payment.
A water plus protocol, which aims to provide a guideline for cities and towns to ensure no untreated waste water is released into the environment, enabling sustainability of the sanitation value chain, was also launched. Housing minister Hardeep Singh Puri also launched the Swachh Survekshan 2020, themed ‘Cleanliness is Our Right’, adding that the survey’s major focus has always been on citizen engagement, be it through feedback or indicators involving their participation.
Swachh Survekshan 2019 completed in 28 days, lacked expert surveyors: CSE
An environment think-tank has claimed there were several loopholes in the Swachh Survekshan 2019 survey and ranking of cities
March 13, 2019: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has claimed that the on-ground assessment for the Swachh Survekshan 2019 was completed in a mere 28 days, to ensure that the results were declared before the announcement of the election dates, noting that the 2018 exercise was spread over 66 days.
The Swachh Surveskshan awards were conferred by president Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony in New Delhi on March 6, 2019, in which Indore was adjudged India’s cleanest city for a third straight year, while the second and third positions in the category were grabbed by Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Mysore in Karnataka.
The CSE said the survey did not use adequate numbers of expert and qualified surveyors and certifiers, to visit cities for data collection and observation. “In fact, many state urban departments and city administrations have raised their concerns about the incompetence of the surveyors,” it said.
CSE deputy director general Chandra Bhushan said, “Swachh Survekshan has definitely led to a paradigm shift, by increasing awareness and involving citizens in sanitation and waste management issues. However, this year, the programme has been further diluted instead of being strengthened, because of political expediency.”