Swachh survey: Mumbai cleanest capital in India
Mumbai is the cleanest state capital, according to Swachh Bharat ranking by the Union urban development ministry.mumbai Updated: May 17, 2018 11:28 IST
You may not find Mumbai cleanest in the country, but the central government thinks otherwise. Mumbai is the cleanest state capital, according to Swachh Bharat ranking by the Union urban development ministry. In addition, Maharashtra is the second best performing state.
Mumbai, which fared poorly compared to its satellite city Navi Mumbai last year, is the best city in solid waste management.
The plaudits came after Mumbai’s status as open defecation-free was revalidated in October 2017, one of the most important criteria in the ranking.
“There is waste dumped all over the city. It is lined with debris. What is clean about this city? It is nothing more than a well-managed award,” said Rajkumar Sharma, activist who has filed a PIL against the BMC over the city’s soild waste management crisis.
On the other hand, the BMC maintained that it deserved the status. According to the civic body, several measures have contributed to its better show this year— reduction in waste creation from 9,500 metric tonnes to 7,100 metric tonnes daily; vermicomposting at 123 places; compulsory waste segregation by bulk generators and construction of 1,690 community toilets; 898 community toilets and 1,941 individual household toilets.
After Mumbai fared much lower than Navi Mumbai and Pune last year, the civic body had appointed an agency its performance. The BMC had also begun a campaign on Twitter asking people to vote.
The civic body will conduct a ward-level competition for the cleanest ward.
Last year, 434 cities participated in the survey and Mumbai ranked 29th, a drop of 19 ranks from 2016. The rankings are based on the data provided by municipal corporations, independent assessors and feedback from people.