Nagpur: The Second Capital City of Nagpur, popularly called Orange City, experienced a roller-coaster ride in terms of cleanliness. The city was ranked 137th in the list of Swacch Survekshan 2017 results. Swachh Survekshan is a ranking exercise taken up by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India to assess rural and urban areas for their levels of cleanliness and active implementation of Swachhata Mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner.
However, when it comes to Nagpur, the city experienced ups and downs, or say, a roller-coaster ride, since the first Swachh Survekshan was conducted in 2015.
In the first Swachh Survekshan-2015, the number of cities covered was 476. Nagpur was ranked 256 among the cities surveyed in terms of cleanliness. The rank exposed the roof-top claims of concerned authorities who went gaga over the cleanliness campaigns.
The Second Survey 2016 called Swachh Survekshan provided a relief of sorts as Nagpur was ranked 20 in the survey of 73 cities. The survey was conducted in January 2016 to assess the sanitation and solid waste management status in 73 major cities in India (comprising 40% of India’s total urban population) including 53 cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each, and state capitals. Nagpur too was surveyed and got the rank of 20.
In the Third Swachh Survekshan-2017, Nagpur saw it is standing at 137th rank with a score of 1158 marks out of 2000. The marks were bagged on account of various cleanliness aspects.
Nagpur’s Score Card in Swachh Survekshan-2017 stood as:
- Overall score 1158 marks out of 2000.
- Municipal self-declaration: 460 out of 900 marks.
- On site observation: 320 out of 500 marks.
- Citizen feedback: 302 out of 600.
Area of evaluation:
- Waste collection, sweeping and transportation: 40 percent
- MSW processing & disposable: 20 percent
- Open Defecation Free (ODF)/Toilets: 30 percent
- Information education and behaviour change: 5 percent
- Capacity building-SBM elearning portal: 5 percent.
The area of evaluation depicts a dismal picture. No surprise Nagpur was ranked 137 in terms of cleanliness. The shoddy waste collection and transportation, poor awareness and behaviour change among other aspects ‘spelt doom’ for Nagpur in the list of clean cities. 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. However, the city conclusively showed that it is abysmally lagging behind in this aspect.