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Swachh Survekshan: New Delhi Municipal Council tops list, Delhi corporations put up dismal show

President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021 at Delhi on Saturday. Indore topped the category of cities with a population above 10 lakh.

Written by Abhinav Rajput | New Delhi |
Updated: November 21, 2021 1:08:47 am
NDMC, DMC, Delhi municipal corporation, swachh bharat, Ram nath kovind, indore, Swachh Survekshan Awards, Delhi news, Delhi latest news, Indian express, Indian express news, current affairsA senior New Delhi Municipal Council official said that the result was owing to the council’s efforts to continuously pursue excellence in providing services and civic amenities.

The North and East MCDs have once again finished in the bottom 10 among cities with a population over 10 lakh, results of Swachh Survekshan 2021 show. The New Delhi Municipal Council, meanwhile, topped the survey in the category of cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population.

The North MCD ranked 45 out of 48 cities surveyed in the urban local body category with a population over 10 lakh, two places lower than last year’s rank of 43 (of 47 local bodies). The East MCD, which ranked 40 this year, has seen a marginal improvement from last year’s rank of 46. Like 2020, the South MCD ranked 31 this year.

Indore topped the category of cities with a population above 10 lakh, followed by Surat, Vijayawada, Navi Mumbai and Pune.

The Delhi Cantonment Board ranked third in the Cantonment Boards category.

Swachh Survekshan ranks cities and urban local bodies on various parameters like waste segregation and garbage disposal, among others, as part of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission.

A senior New Delhi Municipal Council official said the result was due to the council’s efforts to continuously pursue excellence in rendering services and civic amenities.

The results have led to questions over the strategy of MCDs in ensuring waste segregation, waste dumping at landfills which have exceeded their capacity, and cleanliness of toilets. The MCDs have, in the past, claimed that a fresh push is being given in these directions.

A senior official of the South MCD said, “The main problem area is segregation of waste at the source, particularly in unauthorised colonies. We are reaching out with information and communication activities to work on this. Our wet waste processing capacity is also a little low. But a new waste-to-energy plant is coming up near Okhla, and we are also working on decentralised composting facilities. We are trying to improve our capacity for waste disposal.”

North MCD standing committee chairperson Jogi Ram focused on the “achievement” which is that the MCD has performed well in terms of citizen feedback. “Segregation is also gradually beginning to be done. In some colonies, there are problems with segregation. At the Bhalswa landfill, trommel machines are being used,” he said.

A senior North MCD official added, “Source segregation will have to be improved and we will also have to work towards 100% processing of waste.”

At the East MCD, a spokesperson said, “We are trying to focus on problems like waste segregation and handling garbage burning. But spreading awareness on this takes time. We have tried to reach out through meetings with RWAs and awareness campaigns. At the Ghazipur landfill as well, trommel machines are running.”

According to a senior EDMC official, an integrated waste processing plant is coming up to improve waste processing facilities.

Gurgaon ranks 24 among 425 cities, Noida bags cleanest city award

Gurgaon jumped several spots in the survey, ranking 24 among 425 cities in the category of cities with a population of 1 lakh to 10 lakh and recording its best performance in the past 6 years. As per officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, its performance in the survey has steadily improved over the years.

Meanwhile, Noida bagged the Cleanest City Award in the medium category which consists of places with a population of 3 lakh and less than 10 lakh. Noida has been ranked fourth in the overall survey in the population of cities less than 10 lakh category.

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