Rajasthan performs poorly in Swachh survey
Bundi, at 171, is the best ranked city in the state while Kishangarh in Ajmer, ranked 419, is the dirtiest.jaipur Updated: May 04, 2017 19:43 IST
When it comes to cleanliness, Rajasthan still has a long way to go shows the Swachh Sarvekshan (survey)-2017. The state needs to step up efforts to improve sanitation standards in urban areas.
In Rajasthan, 18 of 29 cities are ranked beyond 300 with 13 in the bottom 100. Bundi, at 171, is the best ranked city in the state while Kishangarh in Ajmer, ranked 419, is the dirtiest. Five towns in the state also figure in the bottom 50.
The Swachh Sarvekshan (survey)-2017 is conducted as part of the Modi government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) or Clean India Mission. The urban development ministry had commissioned the survey for 434 cities and towns with a one lakh population and above in January and February this year.
The survey evaluated the cities on the basis of waste collection; sweeping and transportation; municipal solid waste (processing and disposal); ODF (toilets); information, education and behavior change; and capacity building through Swachh Bharat Mission e-Learning portal.
In the 2016 survey, which covered 73 cities, Jaipur had ranked at 29, Jodhpur at 57 and Kota 58. The relative ranking of the three cities in 2014 was 41, 57 and 58 respectively.
The rankings are based on the data provided by municipal corporations, independent assessors and feedback from people. In all, 3.7 million citizens participated in the exercise.
Commenting on the state’s performance, principal secretary local self government, Manjit Singh said, “There are many parameters to assess cleanliness, in which ODF is an important component and holds 40% weightage. Rajasthan does not lag behind in information, education and communication, or door-to-door garbage collection. We are working on a war footing to meet the ODF target by December 2017 and it will cover all our 191 urban local bodies.”
Singh said that they have already submitted a proposal to declare 20 towns ODF and another 20 by June this year.