Bengaluru slides from 194th position to 214 in Swachh Survekshan | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Bengaluru’s disastrous performance continued in the Swachh Survekshan awards 2020, slipping from last year’s 194th position to 214th. Mysuru has been voted the cleanest city in the 3-10 lakh population bracket and Periyapatna retained its top spot in south India for the second time among towns with less than 25,000 population. Bengaluru had a consolation by bagging its first-ever Swacch award in four years for being Best Self-Sustainable Mega City. Home composting and segregated garbage disposal helped Bengaluru bag the honour.
Bengaluru ranked 37th among cities with a population of above 10 lakh. The 10 top cities in this category are Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, Vijayawada, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Bhopal, Chandigarh, GVMS Visakhapatnam and Vadodara. In the coming year, Bengaluru will be competing with nine other mega cities and this would provide the right opportunity for the city to flaunt its Swacchata credentials, ecowarriors felt.
Sandhya Narayanan, member of Solid Waste Management Round Table, blamed the unwillingness of BBMP to float clear tenders is what is causing the city faring poorly in the rankings.
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The coordination between collection of garbage and transportation is very poor. Councillors are to be blamed,” she added. If the city is taking one step forward, three steps are taken backwards messing up the system, she rued. “Shubra Bengaluru scheme funds have come but there is no clearance to use them because of lack of coordination between political parties and the municipal body,” Sandhya told TOI.
“Citizens are running initiatives but the civic administration isn’t participating much.The city as such has the best role model for segregating waste, which is three-way segregation, yet our ranking isn’t as expected,” said Malini Parmar, another eco warrior.
The BBMP administration, however, is celebrating the city’s first award under Swachh Survekshan. Sarfaraz Khan, joint commissioner, SWM, said the city’s overall ranking fell only because it was compared with many cities where the population is below 10 lakh. “In Delhi, there are three municipal corporations. So is the case with Mumbai. We have one corporation trying to manage everything, which isn’t easy,” Khan said.
Asked why Bengaluru never bagged any award earlier, Khan said it was due to poor documentation and projection of work. “We have taken stringent action against those violating SWM rules like spitting on the street and open defection,” he added.
N Manjunatha Prasad, BBMP commissioner, was elated but asserted they would work towards improvement. “This is the first time Bengaluru has received ODF++ certificate, which shows we are opendefecation free ,” Prasad said.