The state capital’s 269th ranking in a nationwide cleanliness survey conducted by the union urban development ministry has raised a question mark on the Lucknow Municipal Corporation and district administration’s tall claims about keeping the city clean.
The survey report released on Thursday showed that Gonda, another UP district, stood last among 434 cities. In fact, half of the 50 cities featuring in the list from the bottom are from Uttar Pradesh.
Such a situation has arrived even when much emphasis was laid on cleanliness and revamping the city’s image was on the priority list of the previous government. However, after the survey report, the focus is likely to be shifted to the then mayor Dinesh Sharma and his team of corporators who were directly responsible for keeping the city clean.
“When the cleanliness scenario in the state capital is so dismal, the state of affairs in other cities of UP could be easily gauged,” said Prof Manoj Dixit, Lucknow University. “Lucknow also figures in the list of cities selected for the Smart City project. However, the cleanliness survey has put a question mark on the ability of the authorities concerned to change the city’s image,” added Dixit.
The state capital generates around 1,500 metric tonnes of solid waste every day. Out of this, only around 1,300 metric tonnes is processed by the LMC under the solid waste management programme.
The state capital’s poor ranking in the cleanliness index is despite the fact that around 6,000 sweepers have been engaged by the LMC to keep the city clean. The civic body also claims to collect door-to-door garbage from half of the 110 wards of the city.
Some officials of the LMC, however, have raised a question mark on Lucknow’s poor ranking in the urban development ministry’s survey.
“Lucknow is cleaner than some of the cities which have high ranking in the survey,” said a senior LMC official, pleading anonymity.