More cities in State to come under next cleanliness survey

More cities in State to come under next cleanliness survey

Other ULBs told to emulate Myusuru

Buoyed by Mysuru bagging the top rank in cleanliness for the second time, the Karnataka government has decided to adopt a similar method in maintaining cleanliness in other cities in the State.

“We will prepare a plan for each urban local body on maintaining hygiene as well as solid waste management,” N Manjula, Mission Director, Swatch Bharat Mission, Karnataka, told Deccan Herald.

Though only 73 cities in the country were covered for the survey in 2015-16, the Union government has decided to conduct a survey in 500 cities in 2016-17. With this, more cities in Karnataka will be surveyed and the government will prevail upon all urban local bodies in the State to be ready to face the competition by maintaining cleanliness, she said.

The State government has been pursuing all the urban local bodies about the steps to be taken to address the issues in the successful implementation of the Swatch Bharat Mission, she said.

Apart from building solid waste management plants in different corporations, she said the State government was also implementing programmes to create awareness on sanitation. Besides building individual toilets in households, the State government has been prevailing upon local bodies to build public toilets to end the practice of open defecation, she said.