PMC starts awareness for Swachh Survekshan-2020

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 5 May 2019

Move aims at improving ranking at the nat’l level

PUNE: Taking a cue from its poor show in  Swachh Survekshan - 2019, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started early public awareness for Swachh Survekshan-2020. The civic body is conducting awareness programme for solid waste management under the zero garbage campaign in the city. 

In March last year,  the city slipped to 37th rank in the Union Government’s Swachh Survekshan-2019. The issue was reflected in the monthly General Body (GB) meeting. The Congress and the NCP had conducted agitations and demanded action against the consultant - KPMG firm. The firm was appointed by PMC for proper documentation and to improve the ranking of the city in the Survekshan. Shiv Sena, the coalition partner of BJP had also criticised the performance of the civic body. Even the civic activists demanded an explanation from the corporation.  

To avoid the repeat of the dismal performance, Dnyaneshwar Molak, Joint Municipal Commissioner, PMC, said, “We have started preparations early for Swachh Survekshan-2020.”

"We have decided to conduct ward-wise meetings to make awareness of Swachh Survekshan to guide citizens, societies on how to process garbage to share information about newer techniques of garbage processing etc. The first meeting was conducted at Ghole Road ward office on April 30, 2019,” he said. 

Molak further said, “We have also organised an exhibition at Sambhaji garden where different companies are displaying new garbage processing technique and machinery. Total of 35 city-based companies are participating in the exhibition. It is a three-day exhibition which started on Friday and will conclude on Sunday evening. It is also a part of the awareness campaign for Swachh Survekshan-2020 to improve our performance.”

Meanwhile, the civic body has sought an explanation from the consultant firm regarding the poor performance of the city. On this issue, Molak said, “KPMG gave a presentation to the corporation and has handed over the documents. Now, we are scrutinising it. As per the contract, the civic body has to give Rs 34 lakh to the firm. We have paid Rs 14 lakh till date. Now, we will pay the remaining amount after scrutinising documents and reviewing their performance.”  

POOR SHOW
- In March last year,  the city slipped to 37th rank in the Swachh Survekshan-2019.  
- The Congress and the NCP  had demanded action against the consultant firm appointed to improve the ranking of the city in the Survekshan.

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