PMC eager to top ‘Swachh Survekshan’ list

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 14 October 2018

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is leaving no stone unturned to get the first rank in ‘Swachh Survekshan’ by appealing to people to download ‘SWACHHTA-MoHUA’ application. 

The civic administration has instructed its employees to visit shops, public gatherings and IT centres to spread awareness among the citizens about the application. Last year, the civic body was ranked 13th in the Swachh Survekshan. 

In Swachh Survekshan 2016, 73 cities were surveyed for clealiness and it was expanded to 500 in 2017. 

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is leaving no stone unturned to get the first rank in ‘Swachh Survekshan’ by appealing to people to download ‘SWACHHTA-MoHUA’ application. 

The civic administration has instructed its employees to visit shops, public gatherings and IT centres to spread awareness among the citizens about the application. Last year, the civic body was ranked 13th in the Swachh Survekshan. 

In Swachh Survekshan 2016, 73 cities were surveyed for clealiness and it was expanded to 500 in 2017. 

The Central government’s Urban Development Department judged the performance of cities based on municipal self-declaration, on-site observation, citizens’ feedback, solid waste collection and transportation, solid waste process and disposal, open defecation free and toilet, capacity building efforts. 

The government developed an application for ‘Survekshan’, on which people give points on different cleanliness parameters. Based on that, the government declares ranking of cities every year. 

Joint Municipal Commissioner of solid waste management of PMC Dnyaneshwar Molak, said, “We have decided to make Pune city as the first ranked city in the Swachh Survekshan. Hence, we have instructed the PMC’s sanitary inspectors to visit different places in the city and ask people to download the application to take part in survekshan. We have identified spots like public functions, bus stops and depot, IT centres.

Our inspectors go there and appeal to people to download the application on their mobile phones. They also help people to do so.” 
In some ward offices, the PMC has set up stalls at office entrances and officials ask people to download the survekshan app. 

Nitin Udhas, an officer of Kondhwa ward, said, “We will appeal to people, who visit the ward office for their work to download the app. We have also told our employees to approach shopkeepers for downloading application. We haven’t set any target for the employees but we have instructed them to work hard so that more people can take part in survekshan.” 

For the second consecutive year, Pune failed to make it to the top 10 cities under the nationwide ‘Swachh Survekshan’ conducted by the Central government. 

Pune ranked 13th, which was 11 in the last year’s survekshan. However, the PMC had claimed that they maintained rank in survekshan as compared to the adjacent corporation, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation.

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