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Swachh Bharat rankings: Chandigarh residents to give feedback to Central ministry

In the last survey held in 2015, Chandigarh’s ranking had slipped to 21.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: January 2, 2016 10:20:49 am

Residents will now decide the UT’s ranking in the Swachh Bharat survey by giving their feedback to the Union Ministry of Urban Development.

Unlike the previous year wherein the ministry commissioned a survey to give rankings to various Municipal Corporations, this time, it has been left to city residents to decide where their city stands in terms of cleanliness. In the last survey held in 2015, Chandigarh’s ranking had slipped to 21.

“The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has provided over 10,000 phone numbers to the ministry from whom the feedback can be taken. We request the public to cooperate during the survey,” says Joint Commissioner Rajiv Gupta.

The phone numbers have been collected from the residents’ welfare associations in all the sectors and the citizens who participated in the smart city camps.

According to the Joint Commissioner, the feedback from the city residents will be collected through an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) questionnaire. Interaction will be carried out with the local civic body as well.

After certain city MCs had raised questions on how the conclusions were reached earlier, the ministry decided to adopt this method this time. The result of the fresh survey will be out by January 25.

The survey for city ranking to review the sanitation and hygiene conditions will be carried out in 75 major cities, including 53 cities with a population of 10 lakh and above and state capitals.

In the previous survey, the Swachh Bharat rankings were based on a total of 42 marks, including 20 for open defecation indicators and 22 for solid waste management indicators.

“Citizens can give their feedback in terms of locations of dustbins, access to public toilets, basic infrastructure available in public or community toilets such as taps, flush, hand wash and cleanliness of the area,” adds the Joint Commissioner.

The city generates 260 tonnes of municipal solid waste daily that is managed by the Municipal Corporation. There is one garbage processing plant at Dadumajra, which at present is processing approximately 75 per cent of the garbage while the rest is being dumped at the dumping ground without processing.

Now the garbage from Shimla, Solan and Baddi is also being dumped at the city’s dumping ground after the orders of the National Green Tribunal on October 1 last year.

At a glance

* Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has provided over 10,000 phone numbers of residents to the ministry from whom feedback can be taken.
* Feedback from residents will be collected through an Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) questionnaire.
* Result of a fresh survey will be out by January 25.
* Citizens can give their feedback in terms of locations
of dustbins, access to public toilets, basic infrastructure available in public or community toilets such as taps, flush, hand wash and cleanliness of the area.

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