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Swachh rankings: All Delhi municipal bodies fare badly

In the Swachh Survekshan-2017, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, EDMC and SDMC are ranked 279, 202 and 196 respectively. The NDMC, which manages the Lutyen’s zone, slipped three points from the fourth rank in 2016 to seventh rank in 2017.

delhi Updated: May 05, 2017 00:02 IST
Vibha Sharma
Vibha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Heap of garbage are strewn along the roadside near Geeta Colony. Repeated strikes by sanitation workers and poor garbage management have led to Delhi scoring poorly on the Swachh rankings. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

One year and over 50 initiatives later, the three municipal corporations of Delhi once again failed miserably in the ratings for the cleanest cities of India under the Swachh Bharat Mission .

The north, east and south MCD ranked 279, 202 and 196 under the Swachh Survekshan-2017 out of 434 cities surveyed.

In comparison, cities such as Karnal, Kanpur and NCR towns such as Gurgaon and Faridabad fared better than the three municipal agencies that cover 96% of the national capital’s area.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), which manages the high-profile Lutyens’ Zone, stood seventh -- three positions below the fourth spot it secured last year.

After the MCD election results, the spotlight is once again on the functioning of the new civic bodies, whose primarily role is to clean the city. But past experience shows it was anything but satisfactory for the people.

After repeated strikes by employees of East Delhi Municipal Corporation, the garbage management mechanism fell flat on its face.

Delays in payment of salaries led to more such strikes in the north and east corporations -- the latest in January 2017.

Then there are other problems. Poor segregation, recycling and compressing of waste means that of the 9,100 tonnes of garbage generated in city everyday, at least 3,800 makes its way to the landfills.

During the ‘Swachh Survekshan- 2016’, the three MCDs weren’t any better. Out of 73 cities surveyed for cleanliness in India, the South MCD ranked 39, North MCD 43 and East MCD stood last with the 52nd rank.

The municipalities were ranked on six parameters: strategy for open defecation-free town (ODF) and integrated solid waste management (SWM; information, education and behaviour change communication (IEBC) activity; door to door collection, sweeping, collection & transportation: processing and disposal of solid waste; public & community toilet provision and individual toilets.

The facilities were assessed by representatives of the Quality Council of India.

About the south corporation’s poor show in the ratings, commissioner Puneet Goel blamed it on improper documentation. “There were certain things we were not aware of like appointing an ambassador for promoting works. We will accelerate our efforts and the next time, we will try to be in top 50 cities,” he said.

North MCD officials said that the reason could be ‘no response’ given in certain parameters such as construction of toilets in low-income households. “We didn’t construct any individual toilets last year as we didn’t receive any application,” said a senior official of the department of environment management services, north corporation.

Then there were officials who couldn’t hide their disappointment with the results. “The municipalities ranked in the top 10 don’t have provision for waste-energy plants and construction and debris management sites. On the contrary, the three MCDs in Delhi have four landfills and three waste-to- energy plants, including India’s largest plant in Narela-Bawana,” said a senior official from the east corporation.

“We have more unplanned colonies and less resources, still we did well,” he said.

Bharti Charturvedi, founder of Chintan, said the problem with the municipalities in Delhi is that they look for quick-fix solutions such as installing waste-energy plants for improving sanitation. “Unlike them, small cities like Mysuru, Cochin and Alleppey are focusing on simple but concrete solutions such as composting of garbage.”

First Published: May 05, 2017 00:00 IST