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CM sets one-year target to put Dehradun among 100 cleanest cities

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has set a target of one year to bring Dehradun, which recently finished poorly in a nationwide sanitation survey, among the top 100 cleanest cities of the country

dehradun Updated: Jul 16, 2017 19:52 IST
Neha Pant
Dehradun generates over 350 metric tonness of solid waste every day.
Dehradun generates over 350 metric tonness of solid waste every day.(HT Photo)

Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has set a target of one year to bring Dehradun, which recently finished poorly in a nationwide sanitation survey, among the top 100 cleanest cities of the country.

Officials’ efforts towards achieving the target will be linked with their annual appraisal process to ensure accountability among them.

Dehradun got 316th position out of 434 cities in the Swachh Survekshan 2017 conducted by the Union ministry of urban development as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The city scored 751.80 marks out of 2000. None of the seven participating cities of Uttarakhand could figure among the top 200 cities.

“Dehradun is at the 316th position in the latest survey. The immediate target is to bring it among the top 100 (cities in the survey) within a year and later among the top 50 cities,” Rawat said. He asked Dehradun district magistrate SA Murugesan, the nodal officer for cleanliness in the city, to monitor the progress every week.

“For meeting the target, sub-divisional and joint magistrates will be made accountable for cleanliness and their efforts will be recorded in their annual confidential report (ACR, an appraisal system to assess performance of government employees),” the CM said. Officials’ cleanliness performance has been linked with their appraisal for the first time in the state.

Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) officials have been asked to inspect solid waste operations daily and ensure that waste management rules were followed in their designated areas.

Besides Dehradun, the CM has also set targets for other district magistrates to ensure that cities were ranked among the top 150 in a year in the nationwide survey.

Challenges galore

While the CM has set the target, the DMC faces challenges, including lack of a scientific waste disposal site, lack of manpower, transportation of trash through dumpsters amid heavy traffic and micro-management of door-to-door waste collection.

Dehradun mayor Vinod Chamoli, who was also elected as Dharampur MLA, said the city generates over 350 metric tonness of solid waste every day.

“Right now, our main priority is to ensure that the construction of the waste-processing plant and scientific landfill site (at Shishambara on city’s outskirts) gets completed within July,” Chamoli told HT.

“Besides, we are working on outsourcing door-to-door waste collection and planning to begin night lifting of waste to ensure better results within a short time.”

Varanasi model for Dehradun

The state’s urban development department recently asked DMC officials to study the cleanliness model of Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi city, which was ranked 32nd cleanest city in this year’s survey.

Ranked among the 10 dirtiest cities of the country last year, Varanasi was declared the “fastest moving city in north zone” for its improvement in ranking. “We hope to learn from and implement the model,” Chamoli said.

Minister speaks

“Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and we want it to look like one (capital city). Our government is paying special attention to the issue (of cleanliness) and removing encroachments; we are sure that we will be able to restore its glory,” urban development minister Madan Kaushik told HT.

Locals sceptical

Locals were doubtful if the city will be able to jump from 316th position to the top 100 within a year, especially at a time when the local body was struggling with manpower, resources and infrastructure.

“Besides, residents also need to come forward to assist the authorities in ensuring cleanliness as it is not the government’s job alone,” said Mahesh Bhandari, president of the Doon Residents’ Welfare Front, an umbrella body of resident welfare bodies of the state capital. “We hope officials will take the Swachh Bharat campaign more seriously now,” he added.