Nagpur/New Delhi: Nagpur has improved by 40 ranks to secure 20th position in the recently conducted Swachh Survekshan – a survey carried out this year under Prime MInister’s pet Swachh Bharat Mission. Ironically the city has shown remarkable progress despite the citizens facing cleanliness issues for the past few months. Nagpur has also earned dubious tag of coming low on solid waste management in view of lackadaisical approach of city’s garbage manager Kanak Resources.
It may be mentioned here that the results are based on the marks scored in respects of the main components of Swachh Bharat Mission, availability of infrastructure and service levels related to sanitation such as individual household toilets, public and community toilets and collection, transportation and processing of municipal solid waste.
Surprisingly, the announcement has come at a time when situation of public toilets and maintenance of roads has been bothering the citizens big time in Nagpur.
Among the top scorers, Mysuru has emerged as the cleanest city among all million plus and capital cities while Dhanbad in Jharkhand has been ranked the worst. Among the dirtiest cities are also included Varanasi, Modi’s parliamentary constituency.
The 73 cities surveyed this year were also ranked based on the marks they scored in 2014 for arriving at their ranks in 2014 for further comparison with the results of this year’s survey.
Union Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu while announcing the list stated that of the 73 cities surveyed, 32 have improved ranks since the last survey including 17 from the North. 6 from the West, 5 from the South and 2 each from the East and North-East. Of these 32, top 10 movers who have substantially improved their ranks in 2016 survey are : Allahabad (improved by 45 ranks), Nagpur (40), Visakhapatnam(39), Gwalior (34), Bhubaneswar(32), Hyderabad(31), Gurgaon(29), Vijayawada(23) and Lucknow(23).
Among the municipal bodies in the NCT of Delhi, New Delhi Municipal Council improved its rank from 7 in 2014 to 4 in 2016, South MCD from 47 to 39 and North MCD from 47 to 43 while East MCD slipped from 47 rank in 2014 to 52 in 2016.
Top 10 cities who moved down in ranks in 2016 i.e top 10 bottom movers are: Jamshedpur, Kochi, Shillong, Chennai, Guwahati, Asansol, Bengaluru, Ranchi, Kalyan Dombivili and Nashik. While Jamshedpur moved down this year by 53 ranks, Nashik slipped by 23 ranks.
The 10 dirtiest cities include three cities from Uttar Pradesh Varanasi, Ghaziabad and Meerut. Interestingly, all three are represented by BJP MPs in Parliament including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, minister Gen V K Singh and Rajendra Agrawal. Kalyan Dombivilli, Jamshedpur, Raipur, Patna, Itanagar and Asansol are the other cities which have finished at the bottom of the survey.
Releasing the 73city survey ranking, urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu shifted the blame completely on the local administration. When asked why Prime Minister’s own constituency had not fared well in his initiative, Naidu said, “The local administration can best reply to this. If it has fared poorly, then the administration should work towards improvement.”
While Mysuru has been the clear winner in both the years, Tiruchirapalli, ranked third in the 2016 survey, has achieved the best
behavioural change as per the survey. The study was conducted by Quality Council of India, which deployed 25 teams involving a total of
100 trained surveyors for verification of documents, field observation and obtaining citizen feedback.
Here’s the complete list of cities positioned as per their ranks
4 New Delhi Municipal Council
10 Greater Mumbai
12 Navi Mumabi
39 South Muncipal Corporation of Delhi
43 North MCD
52 East MCD
54 Hubbali-Dharwad (Karnataka)
64 Kalyan Dombivili (Maharashtra)