Cleanliness: PMC expects Patna to rank better

PATNA: The (PMC) has rolled up its sleeves for Swachh Survekshan 2019 as the fourth edition of national will focus more on making cities garbage and free.

Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA) has been conducting this survey since 2016 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet initiative Swachh Bharat to rank cities across the country on different parameters of sanitation and urban planning and management.

PMC has identified areas which require immediate action in accordance with the weightage system kept in the national annual urban cleanliness survey. Officials said they would leave no stone unturned to ensure better rankings for Patna in 2019.

PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand said, “Our hopes are high this time as we have covered 60% of the households under the door-to-door garbage collection programme. The waste collection system has been strengthened and more public toilets have been constructed. We have also declared 38 out of the 75 wards in the city as open defecation free and await certification.”

Sudhanshu Shekhar, a resident of S K Puri, said, “There is some improvement in waste collection. Large dustbins have been removed from the roads. So, we hope Patna will perform better in the survey this time.”

Sources said a MOHUA team will visit Patna in January to assess the performance of the city on the basis of cleanliness from January to December this year.

The annual survey will be conducted in cities across the country from January 4 to 31 next year. The survey questionnaire will contain 5,000 marks, instead of 4000 in 2018.

The team will assess cleanliness levels in Patna and other cities of Bihar on four broad parameters, each containing weightage of 25%. The parameters are direct observation, citizen feedback, third party certification and service level progress (achievements in waste collection and disposal).

In 2018, Patna was ranked 309 among the 500 cities with a total score of 1644.92 out of 4000. The state capital had a rank of 262 among 434 cities in 2017. Gaya, Biharsharif, and Siwan were the other cities in the state which participated and ranked in the last year’s survey.

Time schedule for waste collection:

PMC has revised the time schedule for door-to-door garbage collection in the city — in residential areas from 7am to 2pm and from commercial establishments between 8pm and 10pm. It has also drafted a standard operating procedure (SOP) to bring transparency and accountability in doorstep garbage collection programme. As per the SOP, the city managers will monitor the garbage collection while sanitation inspectors will keep a vigil on the attendance of drivers and sanitation workers. PMC deputy commissioner Vishal Anand said, “The SOP will lead to better monitoring of garbage collection. It will also instill confidence and a sense of responsibility among officials engaged in sanitation work.”

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