City of Palaces all set for ‘Swachh’ challenge again

City of Palaces all set for ‘Swachh’ challenge again

The ‘City of Palaces’, which emerged as the ‘Cleanest City’ in the country twice, is all set to face the cleanliness survey, Swachh Survekshan 2019, conducted by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

This time, the survey will be conducted from January 4 to 31, across the country.

The city emerged as the Cleanest City in 2015 and 2016, but, it slipped to the fifth position in 2017 and eight position in 2018. However, the city stood top among medium cities in 2018.

In 2019, the authorities are hopeful of regaining the ‘clean city’ tag for the third time. The survey questionnaire will carry a maximum total of 5,000 marks.

For ‘Swachh Survekshan-2019’ assessments, MoHUA has revised the weightage for the overall assessment and components of Swachh Bharat Mission. Last year, the survey was conducted for 4,000 marks.

The team will conduct four rounds of survey at different levels, while it was only three rounds last time.

4 criteria

The data expected to be collected for ranking of the cities is divided into four main areas — Collection of data from online portal of MoHUA for Service Level Progress; Collection of data from Direct Observation; Collection of data from Citizen Feedback; and Certifications for Garbage Free Cities and Open Defecation-Free Cities. Each round carries 1,250 marks.

The Certification round is divided into two groups – Open Defecation-Free City and Solid Waste management. One to seven stars will be provided as grading for solid waste management and waste disposal. If the city obtains seven stars, full 1,000 marks will be awarded.

Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Health Officer Dr D G Nagaraju said, “The MCC is all prepared for the challenge. The slight changes in marks and methodology will not have much of an impact. We are hopeful of getting the ‘Clean City’ tag for the third time.”

The officer said that the city is well-equipped in managing waste with latest models and the civic body would hopefully get seven stars. “The MCC is prepared for the survey and, several meetings and awareness drives have been conducted. The authorities have distributed materials such as pamphlets among the residents to create awareness. The residents are already using the Swachhata App,” he said.