Sanitation plan in place for ‘black zone’ city

Civic body initiative to upgrade performance in 5 criteria,ensure cleanliness by year-end

Written by Ajay Khape | Published: April 4, 2012 2:07:42 am

Civic body initiative to upgrade performance

in 5 criteria,ensure cleanliness by year-end

With the hope of making it to green city zone,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to move from the existing “black zone” to “blue zone” by ensuring cleanliness in the city by 2012 end.

As per the survey conduced by the National Urban Sanitation Policy (NUSP),the city stands 42nd among 458 cities of the country and is in the “black zone.” However,the PMC has prepared a city sanitation plan to upgrade its performance in five criteria on the bais of which the survey is conducted to decide on the cleanliness status.

The five criteria are solid waste management,drainage scheme,open defacation,water supply network and 24×7 water availability. “The civic administration has submitted its city sanitation plan to the state government and the Centre for approval and get the fund of Rs 3,215 crore for implementing the programme,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap.

He said the standing committee has approved the plan for which the PMC would be contributing 20 per cent. “The plan has been made to achieve the target of getting into green city zone since the city is traditionally promoted as green city,” Jagtap said. As per NUSP,those scoring above 90 out of 100 will be considered as making it to green city zone while those above 70 and below 90 fall in blue zone. Those scoring below 70 and above 40 are in black zone while those below 40 are in the red zone.

“Going by the survey undertaken in 2010,the PMC scored 42.73 and was placed in black zone but the steps taken now would improve rating to 77 and move the city from black zone to blue zone by the year end,” Jagtap said.

As per the indicators for assessing the cleanliness,the PMC scored 20.92 out of 50 in 2010 and is confident of increasing the score to 37.50. In he process related indicators,it expects to improve its rating from 16.21 to 24 out of 30. Outcome related indicators which includes quality of water supply,water quality in water bodies and soild waste management,the PMC plans to take its score from 5.60 to 15.50.

It recommends decentralisation of the services with ward and area committees. It expresses encouraging public participation in achieving the goal,adopting PPP model for execution of projects and having a permanent monitoring system to ensure improvement in cleanliness across the city.

Meanwhile,with the increase in the strength,women corporators are now demanding a ladies’ room for women in the civic headquarters. “Seventy-eight women have been elected to the PMC in the recently concluded civic polls. There is a good strength of women employees in the civic body and also many women visit the civic body regularly,but there is only one ladies room in civic headquarters,” said MNS corporator Rupali Patil. She said all women corporators of MNS met Mayor Vaishali Bankar to increase the number of toilets for women in civic headquarters.

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