The sorry state of municipal solid waste management and absence of toilets in more than 15,000 households in Indore may hit Indore’s performance in the Swachh Bharat rankings.
The Centre, under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, is conducting surveys in 75 major cities that account for over 50 per cent of the country’s urban population. The cities will be ranked on the basis of the survey results, which is to be completed by January 2016.
Municipal commissioner Manish Singh said, “Due to some operational delays, the construction of public and individual toilets in the city were hampered this year.” Two NGOs, which undertook the works of construction of public toilet complexes, have been issued notices for the delay, he added.
The corporation had set a target of constructing about 15,000 toilets in the city. So far it has constructed only 5,500. “But work will pick up speed in the coming year,” said Singh.
The central government in October this year had announced the Swachh Bharat survey. The survey and the subsequent ratings to be completed in January 2016, is aimed at fostering a spirit of competition among major cities.
Municipal solid waste management will be given 60% credence, followed by 15% each for availability of toilets in individual households and community toilets.
Due to the present pitiful state of solid waste management, Indore may fare badly in the rankings, fear experts. “We may rank between 25 and 30 among the 75 cities,” said a civic body official.
Recently, during a meet, the mayor-in-council has approved construction of public toilet complexes in different parts of the city with total outlay of Rs 10.5 crore. A similar amount has been approved for construction of toilets in individual households.