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Cleanliness a work in progress; Patiala ranks 8 of 16 cities in state

punjab Updated: Aug 11, 2015 23:33 IST
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Patiala solid waste management project

Failure to implement the solid waste management project in the city and with not enough toilets available to control fully the menace of open defecation in the city, Patiala city has failed to achieve the desired goals of prime minister Narindra Modi's Clean India campaign.

The city ranked 304 on the list of 467 cities in the country and claimed the middling rank of 8 on 16 cities from the state that participated in the survey.

Union urban development ministry conducted the survey and it ranked cities on a total of 42 marks. Of this, 22 were for solid waste management and 20 for open defecation indicators.

The survey is conducted to check on the open defecation and implementation of solid waste management in urban areas, which was done by looking at three important aspects of purity of drinking water, check over water borne diseases and status of the sewerage systems in the cities.

For this, primary data was received from local bodies, field inspection and interactions with city residents on the field.
"It was only because of the good sewerage system and clean water supply that MC was ranked 8 out of 16 cities in the state," a senior officer with the MC claimed.

The leader of opposition in the Patiala MC Sanjeev Sharma Bittu criticised the MC's low rank and sought the immediate implementation of solid waste management in the city to get rid from the heap of waste from roads.

"Besides ensuring cleanliness, this would also have put the city on the nation's map and led an improvement of the ranking of 304 out of 467 cities."

He claimed the mayor had failed to discharge his duties with responsibility and needed to ensure that Patiala stayed clean.

When contacted, mayor Amarinder Bajaj said, "We have completed all formalities for the implementation of the solid waste management project. The file has been sent to the local bodies department to invite tenders. Soon, a meeting will also be held with the top brass of the state government in Chandigarh to expedite the implementation of the project and also to get mobile toilets installed in
the city."


Notes on the survey
*Union urban development ministry conducted the survey and it ranked cities on a total of 42 marks. Of this, 22 were for solid waste management and 20 for open defecation indicators.
*The survey was conducted to check on the open defecation and implementation of solid waste management in urban areas, which was done by looking at three important aspects of purity of drinking water, systems put in place to check water-borne diseases and status of the sewerage system.

*Primary data was received from local bodies, field inspection and interactions with city residents on the field.