1. Swachh Survekshan survey 2017: How Indore became the cleanest city of India

Swachh Survekshan survey 2017: How Indore became the cleanest city of India

None of the four biggest cities of India -- New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai -- but Indore has emerged as the cleanest city of the country in the Swachh Survekshan Rankings 2017.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 5, 2017 4:37 PM
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None of the four biggest cities of India — New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai — but Indore has emerged as the cleanest city of the country in the Swachh Survekshan Rankings 2017, which was released today.

In the Swachh Survekshan Survey 2016, Indore was ranked as the 25th cleanest cities of India. The journey from number 25 to the top of the list within a year is indeed incredible. But it didn’t happen without much effort. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who has represented Indore in the Parliament since 1989, says the transformation of Indore was possible because of a mega public movement and “wholehearted participation” of the people, according to PTI.

According to a report by Hindi Daily Dainik Bhaskar, there are at least five reasons that helped Indore top the Swachh Survekshan 2017. First, earlier around 4500 of 6000 Indore Municipal Corporation not used to work, but take their salaries. When the civic body removed 500 staff for non-performance, others started working. Second, a record 4000 toilets were constructed within four months to make the city open-defecation free.

Third, speakers were installed on garbage collection vehicles of the civic body to spread the cleanliness mission. People soon stopped littering on roads. Fourth, the civic body started cleaning road at night. In three months, around 400 dumper of dust was picked from road. Fifth. Around 400 vehicles were employed for door-to-door garbage collection.

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Mahajan said Indore’s performance in the ranking proves that the city is not only famous for its food but also for its people’s desire for a clean surrounding.

“I am very happy. I will give credit to the people of Indore who always come forward for any good initiative. It is because of their whole-hearted participation, we have reached this far,” the eight-time MP was quoted as saying by PTI.

She also said that this ranking in the Swachh Survekshan-2017 would break the notion that Indore is only famous for its awesome cuisine, especially ‘Poha Jalebi’. “Indore khawaiyon (foodies) ka hi nahi balki saaf rawwaiyye walo ka shahr hai (it is a city not only of foodies but also of people with a desire for cleanliness),” Mahajan said.

Swachh Survekshan 2017 was carried out in 434 cities and towns of the country. Other cities in the top 10 were Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchirapally, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara and Chandigarh.

Quality Council of India conducted the survey with the help of 421 assessors for on the spot assessment of 17,500 locations in 434 cities and towns. Also, 55 people were engaged for regularly monitoring the survey process in real time. The criteria and weightages assigned to them for the survey were: a) Solid waste management including door-to-door collection, processing, and disposal, ODF (open defecation free) status etc. These carried 45 per cent of the total 2,000 marks. b) Citizen feedback – 30 per cent. c) Independent observation – 25 per cent.

About Bhopal’s journey to the top, Mahajan said it all started as a public movement. “We started it long back with local municipal corporation and then initiated a public movement through Mahanagar Vikas Kendra Parishad. Many innovative steps were taken, like it was decided that we will clean all the temples before Diwali and then enter them,” she said.

“People of Indore love their city and they are culturally very rooted. I have visited many cities and always thought that my Indore is cleaner than those. Now everyone has acknowledged this and I can’t describe my happiness in words,” Mahajan told PTI.

Indore civic body has made elaborate arrangement for waste segregation and collection in the city.  Not only this, scores of residents not only regularly participate in cleanliness drive but also engage in segregating organic waste for compost making.

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Mahajan also credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for implementing his ‘Swacch Bharat’ vision and leading from the front. Cleanliness is one of the top priorities of Modi government and his efforts have made it one of the most talked about issues in India.

(With PTI inputs)

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    does it matter?
    May 26, 2017 at 10:26 pm
    Well, the first para is unnecessary. it's a given that none of the big cities can try to be clean. it's like saying none of the powerful kings had a kind heart
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