Uttarakhand News

Ranked 316th, CM Rawat vows to put Dehradun among top 100 cleanest cities by 2018

by Abhay Aswal
Jul 17, 2017

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat has setup an one-year target to make capital Dehradun one of the top 100 cleanest cities in India. In the recent 2017 Swachh Survekshan survey conducted by Union Ministry of urban development, Dehradun scored pathetic 751.80 marks out of 2000 and was ranked an abysmal 316th. Adding insult to the injury, even Prime Minister expressed displeasure at the rate of cleanliness programme in the state.

A Lord Shiva graffiti in Dehradun urging masses to not pollute the city. (Image Source)

Dehradun is at the 316th position in the latest survey. The immediate target is to bring it among the top 100 (cities in the survey) within a year and later among the top 50 cities. For meeting the target, sub-divisional and joint magistrates will be made accountable for cleanliness and their efforts will be recorded in their Annual Confidential Report (ACR is an appraisal system to assess performance of government employees). Officials’ cleanliness performance has been linked with their appraisal for the first time in the state.

Trivendra Rawat (CM, Uttarakhand)

Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) officials have been directed to ensure that proper waste management guidelines are being followed in the city. While the target has been set for 2018, the DMC’s own issues such as lack of manpower and waste disposal site could hinder the CM’s dream of a clean and green Dehradun. Moreover, the city administration have to improve the micro-management of door-to-door waste collection.

CM Trivendra Rawat during Swacch Bharat Abhiyan campaign. (Image Source)

Right now, our main priority is to ensure that the construction of the waste-processing plant and scientific landfill site (at Shishambara on city’s outskirts) gets completed within July. Besides, we are working on outsourcing door-to-door waste collection and planning to begin night lifting of waste to ensure better results within a short time.

Vinod Chamoli (Mayor, Dehradun)

Inputs from Hindustan Times