The city’s census has picked up pace. Nearly 30 per cent is complete, and enumerators are now showing enthusiastic interest in the once-in-a-decade counting exercise.
The BMC is planning to start a 24x7 helpline to boost the process and invite more citizen participation in the nation’s 15th census. “It’s catching up. The enumerators are enjoying it and covering more and more homes at a faster pace, and the BMC has given incentives to those doing a fast, precise job,” Manisha Mhaiskar, the city’s additional principal census officer said.
Census 2011 kicked off in the city on May 1. It will be conducted in two phases — in the first phase, 31,797 enumerators will survey more than 43 lakh homes in the city.
There are 28,906 house blocks in the city (one house block consists of 150 houses). One person will visit 150 homes. The first phase comprises house listing and housing census, along with the creation of a national population register until June 15. The second phase consists of the actual population enumeration, from February 9 to 28, 2011.
The BMC is considering felicitating the fastest 100 enumerators. “A memento and a certificate will be awarded. Around 100 enumerators will be selected on the basis of their speed,” Mhaiskar said, adding: “We need to honour the enumerators’ dedication, speed and spirit.”
Among the public figures covered by the city census so far are Governor K Sankaranarayanan, CM Ashok Chavan, Mayor Shraddha Jadhav and actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.
The BMC has also roped in the railways and BEST. In addition to advertisements on BEST buses and BEST bus stops, two trains, one each on the Western and Central line, have been painted with the official logo and publicity material of the census programme.