Bengaluru ranked ‘Fastest Mover’ mega city; 28th in cleanliness | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Notwithstanding the flak it gets on the cleanliness front, Bengaluru bagged a top Swachh City Award as the Centre announced its Swachh Survekshan-2021 survey results on Saturday.
The city is ranked first as the Fastest Mover Mega City, in the 40 lakh plus population category.
The tech capital secured 28th spot in cleanliness among 48 urban local bodies with more than 1 crore population. In 2020, Bengaluru’s ranking had slipped to 214, from 194 it held the preceding year. The tighter population-wise category wasn’t introduced then.
The award and improvement in overall ranking comes as a shot in the arm for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike. BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta, solid waste management special commissioner Harish Kumar and joint commissioner Sarfaraz Khan received the award in New Delhi.
Bengaluru scored 3,585.56 points out of 6,000 while the national average was 2,072 points. While the city scored high with regard to ending open defecation and increasing citizen engagement, what prevented a higher ranking was collective failure of the administration and people to make it a garbage-free city.
The BBMP officials are elated. “We know a lot more has to be done as the city has been evolving at a greater speed than one can imagine,” said a senior official.
City’s waste segregation must improve: Official
We have been working hard since 2016 to put in place a proper system to monitor and streamline solid waste management, and today we’re happy about it,” said a senior BBMP official, adding: “Bengaluru’s participation in Swacch Survekshan is driving the citizen and us to perform better.”
Last year, BBMP collected nearly 4,200 tonnes of waste per day, now it has increased by 400 tonnes.
Various developmental activities have been taken up by the civic body and citizen participation has helped them achieve this rank. “Waste segregation in the
city is 45% as of now, but it needs to improve to 100 percent in the coming days. Apartment complexes and individual houses are segregating wet waste with their own composting methods, which is good progress”, a senior SWM official said.
While citizens are happy about the ranking going up, Sandya Narayanan, a member of Solid Waste Management Round Table (SWMRT), said it is a pleasant surprise that BBMP has been recognised as a Mega City Mover, but more ground needs to be covered. “Bangalore SWM has scored 50% and this is a lacklustre performance with service level progress barely keeping its head above water. The certification process is demanding and needs a focussed approach from the administration to put in place required SWM systems and processes,” she told STOI.
Ram Prasad, an eco-warrior, said Swachh Survekshan is a mirror and it is showing our status. “It is an uphill task which should be taken up in a transparent manner, where we need to score a higher rank in 2022. We should achieve Garbage Free City tag soon,” Ram said.
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