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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 06:46 AM IST

Indore: Battle for cleanest city tag begins, surveys in 4 months

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Indore: Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on Friday said central government has toughened the criteria for Swachh Survekshan-2019, which will make it difficult for Indore to retain country’s cleanest city tag for third time in a row.

“Government has raised the bar. Making hat-trick will not be easy. But then, we don’t do easy things. We will go with all guns blazing to retain the title,” mayor Malini Gaud said at a workshop, which was attended by corporators and IMC officials at Ravindra Natya Grah. The workshop was on cleanliness survey 2019.

Gaud said IMC has set a target under which composting units will be set up in 50,000 houses by December end for disposal of wet garbage at source. She asked corporators to encourage people to set up composting units at their houses. She said IMC wants one colony of 1,000 people in each municipal ward where composting unit can be set up.

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In 2017, the launch of door-to-door collection garbage, dust free roads and garbage bin-free city helped Indore to win cleanest city tag. In 2018, segregation of waste at source helped it to retain the tag. “This year, disposal of wet waste at source and 3R initiative will help us in retaining the tag,” Gaud added.

Swachh Survekshan-2019 will carry 5000 marks. “1250 marks will be for certification – 250 marks for ODF++ certification and 1000 marks for newly introduced seven-star certification. We should get full marks in this parameter,” she stated.

In his address, municipal commissioner Asheesh Singh said six teams will visit Indore for cleanliness survey in next four months. “Make sure, we score maximum marks in each survey,” he said. Singh pointed out that gap of marks obtained by Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh is narrow. “As a result, IMC will have will have to work harder but residents also need to cooperate,” he added.

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Indore scores poorly in citizen feedback

Addressing the workshop, additional municipal commissioner Rohan Saxena said Indore scored poorly in citizen feedback in last two cleanliness surveys. “We can’t afford it this year as other cities are giving us tough competition,” he said. He said that citizen feedback parameter would consist of 1250 marks. Under it, central team will ask seven questions to people. “On this basis, we will get marks. So, people should be made aware of the exercise,” he said.

Indore first to apply for 3 star rating

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Indore applied for three star rating on Friday thus becoming the first city in the country to do so since Swachh Survekshan-2019 was launched. As per norms, municipal corporation of the city has to declare itself garbage- free and then apply for star ratings.

Following the process, mayor Malini Gaud declared Indore garbage free and claimed three star rating while inviting central team for assessment of her claim. Once Indore gets three star rating, it will apply for four, then five and eventually for seven star rating. “You can’t claim seven star rating directly. There is a set process for applying for stars,” Saxena said. State government would recommend star for city and then an independent agency will carry out inspection. Based on its report, star rating would be awarded.

 Marking system under Swachh Survekshan-2019 (Total 5000 marks)

— Service level progress – 25% (1250 marks)

— Certification — 25% (1250 marks)

— Direct observation — 25 % (1250 marks)

— Citizen feedback — 25% (1250 marks)

Break-up of service level progress

  1. Collection and transportation (338 marks)
  2. Processing and disposal (375 marks)

3 Sustainable sanitation (313 marks)

4 Behavioural change (63 marks)

5 Capacity building (37 marks)

  1. Bye-laws/regulation (62 marks)
  2. Innovation and best practices (62 marks)

Break-up of certification

Star rating – 1000 marks

ODF status – 250 marks

Break-up of direct observation

Residential and commercial areas’ cleanliness — 200 marks

Public and community toilets’ cleanliness and user friendly – 250 marks

Public and community toilets displaying SBM messages – 80 marks

Public and community toilets linked to disposal system — 80 marks

All vegetable/fruit and meat/fish markets’ cleanliness — 170 marks

Catchment areas of biggest railway stations, bus stations and airport — 170 marks

Hoardings/billboards/wall writing visible in all commercial/public areas – 100 marks

Visible beautification of slums/old city areas, flyovers, public places – 200 marks

Break-up of citizen feedback

Citizen Questions – 850 marks

Swachhta App – 400 marks

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Published on: Saturday, August 25, 2018, 10:14 AM IST
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