Centre’s team conducts random checks, interviews to evaluate Mumbai’s cleanliness quotient
Inspection team visited Mumbai for Swachh Survekshan survey on Monday, checked if city was free of open defecationUpdated: Feb 07, 2018 09:37 IST
The Centre has sent an inspection team to Mumbai to verify the city’s claim on maintaining cleanliness as part of the Swachh Bharat campaign.
On Monday, three officials from the Quality Council of India toured the city to survey how clean it was and to check if there was open defecation, as part of the Swachh Survekshan survey, a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which ranks cities across the country on the basis of their cleanliness quotient.
The team selected random spots for surprise inspections, to check if they were open defecation free (ODF), and also conducted personal interviews of residents of areas where public toilets had been built to stop open defecation. This is the first time that the survey includes personal interviews, as was reported last week.
Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of A-ward, who is on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) team that has been readying the city for the cleanliness survey, said: “The team visited several spots on Monday and spoken to up to 10 people at each location. The location and the people they spoke to were random and impromptu, so there is a lot of unpredictability involved in the survey this time.”
Dighavkar revealed that the Centre’s team chose areas with a lot of slum population for its open defecation free survey, while for the cleanliness survey, spots were selected more randomly.
Another civic official involved with the process said, on condition of anonymity: “The ODF spots we indentified were mostly in slums, and it is impossible to control the response of citizens from these areas. The good thing is, there are no points for the interviews.”
Mumbai had ranked 10th in the Swachh Survekshan survey in 2016, but fell 19 places in 2017 when it was ranked 29. This is the third time that the survey is being conducted.
Last month, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis offered incentives to cities that perform well on the Swachh Bharat ranking, announcing a prize of Rs15 crore to cities in Maharashtra that come in the top three, Rs10 crore to cities that make it to the top 10, and Rs5 crore to cities that rank between 11 and 50.