Swachh Sarvekshan award : Bhubaneswar at 24


Bhubaneswar: After smart city rank topper Bhubaneswar received the Swachh Sarvekshan award on Monday but missed out a place from the all-India top 10 list. The result was based on the survey conducted among 73 cities in January.
Mysore was adjudged the cleanest city in the country, while the national capital was ranked fourth. MoUD minister Venkaiah Naidu gave away the award to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) mayor Anant Narayan Jena at a function in New Delhi.
Official sources said Bhubaneswar’s all-India rank is 24, while Cuttack is at the 59th spot. Five famous cities below Bhubaneswar are Indore, Madurai, Shimla, Lucknow and Jaipur. “Last year, the MoUD had conducted survey across 476 cities and Bhubaneswar secured a lowly 331st. Compared to last year, we have improved a lot to make the city cleaner. However, we need to double our efforts so that we become the cleanest city in future,” said Jena.
The survey results posted in the Swachh Bharat Mission website reveals poor feedback of citizens on the question whether the city is always clean; if there is daily door-to-door collection of waste; if people find dustbins at proper places and whether the public ands community toilets have the basic infrastructure.
In the terms of service provided by the BMC for solid waste disposal, collection and processing, Bhubaneswar secured 25 out of 200. The city also scored less in services like provision of public and community toilets. However, it has obtained full marks in the strategy for open defecation-free town and integrated solid waste management and information, education and behaviour change communication (IEBC) activity.