The Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) has emerged as the 2nd best civic body in the country for the fastest disposal of garbage though a mobile-based sanitation application, a survey has revealed.
The study conducted by the Union urban development ministry, has placed the coal city after Greater Mumbai in disposal of garbage under the Clean India Mission or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan app launched by the Centre earlier this year
The survey released on Wednesday, has placed the DMC in the second slot while Coimbtore civic body in Tamil Nadu and Mysore Municipal Corporation in Karnataka have been placed third and fourth in disposing garbage from a spot after receiving a complaint through the app, said Manoj Kumar, DMC town commissioner.
“The civic body received 1,256 complaint of garbage accumulation through the sanitation app, out of which it managed to clean 1,164 spots within 24 hours,” he said.
“The DMC was a notch below Greater Mumbai in the number of downloads of the app.”
He further said that while 1,800 residents in Greater Mumbai downloaded the mobile app for lodging complaint of garbage accumulated in their respective neighbourhoods, only 500 people in the city have downloaded it until now.
“We will launch an awareness campaign in educational institutions, especially among college students, urging them to associate with the drive so that the maximum cleanness can be done through the app,” he said.
The survey report has come as major shot in the arm for Dhanbad, which was earlier, declared as the dirtiest among 73 cities of the country in a survey conducted by the ministry in January this year.
“It was not my magic wand that changed the scenario in the city,” Kumar said.
“Earlier, there was lack of planning and after assuming office in October, I instructed my team to chalk out a project for cleanness and implemented it,” he said.
“The result is out there for everyone to see.”
He further said that much needs to be done and the task ahead of the civic body is to pull up Dhanbad from the dirtiest city tag and place it among cleanest cities of the country.