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Cleanliness survey: CM Rawat to reward 3 cities if they make it into top 50

by Abhay Aswal
Aug 30, 2017

In order to encourage local governments to work religiously towards the cleanliness in their respective cities, towns and villages; Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced cash prizes of Rs 75 lakh, Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh for top ranking 3 cities which will make into the list of top 50 cleanest cities in India. The Indian government has launched its third cleanliness survey (also known as Swachh Survekshan) which will rank 4,041 cities and towns in the country on 71 sanitation-related parameters. We need to use available technology to ensure that Uttarakhand emerges as one of the cleanest states in the next survey. Initiatives taken by workers and other staff towards a cleaner state will also be mentioned in their annual appraisal.

We need to use available technology to ensure that Uttarakhand emerges as one of the cleanest states in the next survey. Initiatives taken by workers and other staff towards a cleaner state will also be mentioned in their annual appraisal.

– Trivendra Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand CM

The CM also directed civic bodies in the state to make sure all the cities are open-defecation free and are equipped with facilities such as 100% door-to-door garbage collection. At present only, 50% of the households across the state have this facility. At present, there are 6 municipal corporations, 31 municipal councils and 41 town panchayats in Uttarakhand. Good work done by municipal corporations in terms of ODF status, solid waste management and garbage disposal will only encourage municipal councils and town panchayats to follow suit.

In the Swachh Survekshan-2017 survey, Uttarakhand cities fared poorly in the last survey with capital Dehradun ranking 316th out of 434 participating cities. No Uttarakhand cities managed to get into top 200 clean cities in the survey. Haldwani was the worst ranked cutie from Uttarakhand finding an abysmal 395th rank.

Inputs from Times of India

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