Pune: Pune Smart city got the 10th rank in the nationwide ‘Swachh Survekshan’ conducted by the Union government, while Pimpri-Chinchwad was ranked 43, up from 72nd rank it obtained last year.
Pune city was ranked 13 in 2017 and 11 in 2016. The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has said that it has maintained their rank while the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to do so. The PCMC was ranked 9th in 2016.
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs declared the results on Saturday. Though different political parties are conducting agitations in the city to solve the garbage problem, the Union government has given the corporation a thumbs up as the PMC bagged 3,471 out of 4,000 marks. The PCMC bagged 2,935 marks.
Suresh Jagtap, Head of the PMC’s Solid Waste Management Department, said, “There is improvement in public grievance redressal and we feel day to day public complaints should be sorted out immediately.”
When asked about the fall in rank last year, Jagtap said, “In the year before last, the Central government had only considered the PMC limits under the Swachh Surveskshan. Last year, they considered local bodies which have a population less than 10 lakh and there are two such cities (Tiruchirappalli and Tirupati) in the first 10. Therefore, we were pushed back to the 13th position.”
He further said, “We have a shortfall in processing plants and citizen feedback category. We have to work more on these two things.”
In ‘Swachh Survekshan-2018’, there are 10 cities from Maharashtra in the first 100. Navi Mumbai has got the 9th rank, Greater Mumbai is ranked 18th, Parbhani is 34, Thane is 40, Mira-Bhayandar is 47, Achalpur is 48, Wardha is 50 and Nagpur is 55.
The Union government started the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2, 2014. Swachh Survekshan was started to engage citizens and in Swachh Survekshan 2016, 73 cities were surveyed and it was expanded to 500 in 2017.
The Urban Development Department judged performances 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 toilets and capacity building efforts.