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Swachh Gurgaon still a work in progress, shows survey

Gurgaon ranks 112 among 434 cities surveyed as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

gurgaon Updated: May 04, 2017 23:27 IST
Ipsita Pati
More public awareness on cleanliness is the need of the hour in Gurgaon.
More public awareness on cleanliness is the need of the hour in Gurgaon.(Parveen Kumar/HT)

Though home to as many as 250 Fortune 500 companies and dotted with plush, state-of-the-art commercial and residential spaces, Gurgaon ranked a distant 112 out of 434 cities in the third edition of the nationwide cleanliness survey by the Union urban development ministry. The survey report was released on Thursday.

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) had aimed for the city to figure among top 15 cities in this edition. Though the city moved up the ranks in this survey as compared to the last two surveys, it has moved nowhere near to meeting the expectations of the MCG and the city planners.

The city ranked 36 out of 73 cities in 2016 and 466 out of 476 cities in 2015.

The survey, covering 434 cities, was conducted as part of the Modi government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The cities were evaluated on five parameters — waste collection, solid-waste management, construction of toilets, sanitation strategies and behaviour change communication.

Neighbouring Faridabad ranked 88th and the New Delhi Municipal Council area ranked 7th in the survey. The latter had ranked 4th in the earlier survey.

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As per MCG officials, though the city had made some ground to meeting the expectations, it failed to put in place certain infrastructure to fetch a higher rank in the survey on cleanliness. The city is yet to get a construction and demolition waste plant and the proposal for setting up another to turn waste into energy is yet to be taken up in earnest.

“Our rank has improved from the last two surveys and it testifies to the effort we’ve put in over the last two years. By next year, we will be among the top 15 cities. We are working to resume operations on the (defunct) Bandhwari waste management plant and are also trying to get the Basai Construction and Demolition (C&D) plant up and running at the earliest,” said Vijaypal Yadav, nodal officer for the Swachh Bharat Mission in Gurgaon.

The city faces challenges in improving its ranking in the face of poor infrastructure and civic amenities, in the three surveys, Yadav said, adding that the situation will improve as the move to construct toilets and door-to-door waste collection system have gained momentum.

The residents also participated in the third survey and were asked to post their feedback on the strides made by the city with regard to cleanliness.

“The city does not have a Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste management handling policy and neither is there a segregated collection system for inert waste from renovations, repairs, sludge or road waste. An integrated policy has to be formulated. We need to be stakeholders in the process to take the city on the road to cleanliness. Mere enforcement of rules won’t work. There’s a need to organise more motivation and awareness camps for residents. They should be made aware of home composting solutions,” Shubhra Puri, founder, Gurgaon First, a citizen initiative, said.

Faridabad, which already figures in the list of upcoming smart cities, ranked 88th out of 434 cities for Swachh Survekshan-2017. In the 2016 survey, the township ranked 51st out of 73 cities.

“We have improved our position. Last year, 70% of the participating cities were ahead of us, while this year the survey shows that only 20% of the participating cities are ahead of Faridabad,” Anil Mehta, chief engineer, Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF), said.

Road to cleanliness

Here’s what the city planners need to focus on to enable Gurgaon to rank in the top 15 in the next cleanliness survey

Legal framework and legislative support from state government required for implementing waste diversion and waste minimisation plans .

An integrated solid waste management policy has to be formulated.

Support the nationwide effort for waste reduction and implementation of a waste diversion policy in accordance with MoEFCC SWM 2016 Rules .

Mandate waste segregation and formulating a Green Bin Programme

Enable collection and transportation system for segregating waste .

Designate areas as transit points for different waste streams.

Set up channel of distribution of organic manure

Partner RWA’s , schools, hospitals ,NGO’s and CBO’s for outreach awareness programmes

Designate green belts for horticulture waste management

Set up drop off centres for e-waste and hazardous waste in each ward

Create more recycling stations/centres and engage authorised recyclers

Set up of Construction And Demolition Waste plant.

Speed up construction of proposed 126 public toilets. Only 66 have come up till now

Resume operations at the defunct Bandhwari waste treatment plant