Karnataka may soon start to rate its clean cities

The Government of Karnataka will soon start rating its cities using the classifications and parameters employed by the Union government. PTI file photo

The Government of Karnataka will soon start rating its cities using the classifications and parameters employed by the Union government.

D A Shekharappa, Director of Municipal Administration explained the project to DH on the sidelines of the Swachh Suvrekshan 2019, a workshop organised for officials and representatives of urban local bodies in the state.

" It was a matter of pride for Karnataka when Mysuru came first in Clean India rankings. It has now slipped to 8th position. Ratings can really act as a booster for urban local bodies to take up initiatives and implement them creatively. We will adapt the parameters set by the Union government and give awards to corporations and councils to improve the situation," he said.

Additional Chief Secretary of Urban Development Department Anjum Parvez said that ranking at the state level will further help in spreading awareness and increasing people's participation. "Garbage segregation, processing and composting are simple processes that have been made complicated due to the lack of people's participation," he said.

No UGD for small cities
Stating that handling of faecal waste has become a major challenge, Anjum Parvez said cities with less than 50000 homes can be handled better without the necessity of underground drainage (UGD) system.

"We have found that implementing UGD for such small cities is too costly. Instead, lifting of faecal waste from pits through suction pumps and processing it at a plant has been found to be an effective solution," he said.

Parvez noted that some of the cities in Karnataka still lack basic necessities. "Many cities in north Karnataka and some in the south like Kolar and Chikballapur have the problem of water scarcity. However, that has not stopped them from giving prominence to road infrastructure and electricity. They need to realise that solid waste management is no less important than any of these issues," he said.
 

 

 

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