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Swachh Survekshan: Onus on Pune residents to keep city clean

Civic body has begun work towards increasing ratings, while also asking residents to contribute

pune Updated: May 13, 2019 17:15 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,Swach Survekshan,Pune municipal corporation
Under Swach Survekshan programme, Pune got the 37th rank out of the total 425 cities, in 2019. (RAVINDRA JOSHI/HT PHOTO )

While Pune municipal corporation (PMC) is working on making the city clean, the role of the residents to maintain cleanliness cannot be debated.

As the rating of the city has dropped from 10th place in 2018 to 37th in 2019 under the Swachh Survekshan programme, the civic body has begun work towards increasing the ratings, while also emphasising on the role of residents towards the goal.

Dnyaneshwar Molak, chief, solid waste management department in PMC revealed that the pattern for assessment has changed this year.

“Earlier, the central government officials used to conduct survey only once a year. However, from this year onwards, the survey will be done thrice a year,” he said.

According to Molak, citizen feedback will play a major role in the survey and the responsibility will have to be shared equally between the civic body and the residents.

Molak said, “The officials who will conduct the survey this year will take feedback from 48 residents in every ward of the city. Each resident will be asked 11 questions regarding the cleanliness of the city. The citizens’ response will play a vital role, this time.”

At the cleanliness awards given out by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the month of March this year, Maharashtra was among the top three performing states in India for the second consecutive year, but the ranking of Pune has dropped down. Pune got the 37th rank out of the total 425 cities, in 2019. While the city improved from 13th rank in 2017 to 10th rank in 2018, the rankings dropped in 2019.

“We are also working on our short comings which resulted in the dip. The city received less marks due to documentation and certification.While according to parameters, we had completed everything, but perhaps it was not checked properly by the third party companies”, said Molak.

PMC commissioner Saurabh Rao had written to the central ministry seeking their assessment done last year.

“While we are doing our best to improve the cleanliness, we will need equal participation of the residents in achieving the goal,” said Molak.

About Swach Survekshaan Survey

The objective of the survey is to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in. Additionally, the survey also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner cities.

Questions to citizens

1) Is the waste picked up every day from your doorsteps?

2) Are you aware that you have to segregate the waste before the waste picker picks it up?

3) Are you satisfied with the cleanliness around you?

4) Do you witness the use of banned materials like plastic, glasses etc. in the city?

5) Does the civic body conduct enough measures to create the awareness about cleanliness?

6) Is home composting done in your premises or are you aware about various advertisements promoting home composting?

7) Do you find urinals/ toilets have in your vicinity on the Google app? Are you aware that information and location of the public toilets is available on the google app?

8) Are aware that there are separate set of rules and regulations of maintaining cleanliness for schools, hotels, hosppitals, markets etc.?

9) Have you got the opportunity to participate in the imission of Swacch Bharat?

10) Are you aware that your city is participating in Swachh Survekshan 2018 for Swachhata Ranking?

11) In your areas, is the maintainance of the public toilets being done properly and in a timely manner?

PMC initiatives

1) Campaign designed around Swacch survekshan on quarterly basis.

2) To promote the Swacchta campaign, the civic body has appointed various college ambassadors. Intercollegiate competitions and events are held. Various college clubs are also involved in the campaign.

3) Inviting various suggestions from different stake holders in this regards.

4) Programmes at ward level to increase awareness about cleanliness and waste segregation.

First Published: May 13, 2019 14:36 IST