Civic body pulls up socks as Swachh Bharat survey begins

  • Kartik Kumar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Aug 18, 2016 23:16 IST
Direction to maintain cleanliness comes as Gurgaon tries to better ranking in the latest survey. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

The municipal corporation’s acting commissioner TL Satyaprakash has directed officials of the civic body to undertake measures to clean the city as the Swachh Bharat survey that evaluates cities on the basis of cleanliness has started in Gurgaon.

The direction was issued after the acting commissioner visited parts of the city on Thursday.

This year, the city ranked 36th out of 73 cities with a population of over 10 lakh surveyed by the Union ministry of urban development. This is a stark contrast to last year’s rank of 466 out of the 476 cities.

An official of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) said Satyaprakash visited trunk market near Sabzi Mandi and found heaps of rotten vegetables there. He directed joint commissioner Vivek Kalia to establish a compost plant at the spot to segregate waste and recycle organic waste as manure.

Kalia said that a proposal to build a waste compost plant is in the pipeline.

The official also said Satyaprakash asked joint commissioners of the four zones for updates on procurement of super suction machines.

Following the heavy rain that led to acute waterlogging and consequent breakdown in the traffic system in the end of July, the MCG has been planning to procure 10 more super suction machines for desilting and cleaning drains. The civic body has four machines currently.

Each super suction machine has the capacity to extract 400 litres of water in a minute and one tonne of silt in 15 minutes.

Satyarakash also asked superintending engineer MR Sharma about the number of public toilets constructed in the city.

Earlier this year, chief minster Manohar Lal Khattar had slammed civic authorities for the lack of public toilets in the city.

This perspective was also reflected by the citizens in their feedback on sanitation facilities of Swaccch Bharat survey 2016. As much as 91% of respondents were dissatisfied with the availability of basic facilities at public toilets. Only 13% felt that they had access to toilets within 500 metres.

Gurgaon has only 39 public toilets for a population of nearly 10 lakh. The MCG has identified spots for the construction of 133 public toilets and 26 community toilets.

So far, only seven modern public toilets have been constructed in the city.

As per officials figures, Gurgaon scored 1,194 out of 2,000 in the latest survey. Under various services offered, waste management (processing and disposal) scored 75 out of 200 while public and community toilet provisions scored 85 out of 150.

“I have been holding regular review meetings with officials to examine where Gurgaon fell behind in the Swacch Bharat Survey. All efforts are being made to provide optimum facilities to residents, and a fair reflection in the rankings. We are targeting top 20 this year,” Satyaprakash said.

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