After its cleanliness overdrive, exam day nears for Navi Mumbai civic body
Swachh survey from Feb 8 to Feb 13 will mark city on garbage collection and segregationUpdated: Feb 03, 2018 00:43 IST
The government of India has finally announced the dates of Swachh Survekshan survey to be conducted in Navi Mumbai. The survey in the satellite city will start on February 8 and will continue till February 13, a senior official said.
With the dates fast approaching, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) seems to have left no stone unturned to do well in the survey and secure the ‘cleanest city of India’ tag for Navi Mumbai.
In last year’s survey, Navi Mumbai was declared to be the cleanest city in Maharashtra and the eighth cleanest in India.
“We have been informed that a team formed by the Government of India will start the survey from February 8. Apart from the cleanliness in the city, the team will inspect our systems of garbage collection and segregation as well as the processing units. Our officials will take them to different sites,” said Tushar Pawar, deputy commissioner of NMMC (solid waste management).
The cleanliness of public toilets, railway stations, bus depots, maintenance of drainage systems and the parks and gardens will also be within the purview of the survey.
The NMMC had started its preparation for the survey around five months ago. Right from cleaning drains to painting the walls, civic officials are paying minute attention to almost all aspects of the survey.
“We are taking all possible steps to come first this year. Our garbage segregation is now 85%, which is the highest in Maharashtra. Due to awareness drives undertaken by us, the residents are also segregating dry and wet wastes at homes. We have decided to undertake one more drive in the slums and the gaothan areas before the survey as these areas are lagging behind in the garbage segregation,” Pawar said.
“We have also asked 50 garbage collection vehicles to play the radio jingle on cleanliness every morning near the housing societies. Banners and hoardings have also been put up at public places and in some housing societies,” he added.
NMMC commissioner Ramaswamy N has been personally monitoring the development of different works across the city. He has directed officials to ensure that the roads in the city are swept twice a day and dustbins are placed every 200 metres. The civic body is also concentrating on collecting and disposing e-waste separately.
The NMMC recently regained in open defecation free (ODF) tag and this will also help them in the upcoming survey. The ODF status of a city is re-evaluated every six months.
“During one such re-evaluation some people showed the observers a barricaded private plot at Turbhe and the observers found open defecation there. After that we focused hard on the menace of open defection and secured the ODF tag again,” Pawar said.
This year, the Swachh Survekshan survey is being conducted in nearly 4,000 cities whereas last year it was done in only 500 cities. Pawar said, “Undoubtedly, the competition is going to be tougher this year. But given the measures we have taken this year, we are confident that we will have an improved rank.