Ahead of Quality Council of India (QCI) team’s visit to Mysuru on January 4 to carry out its Swachh survey as part of central government’s Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM) to rank the cleanest city of India for the year 2017, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep on Monday convened a meeting of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) officials to examine their internal survey of the city.
The QCI team will be on a field visit from January 4 to 6. The survey parameters include Open Defecation Free (ODF) city, which has been given 5 percent weightage, behaviour changes (5 percent), house to house garbage collection, transportation and cleaning (40 percent). Garbage management and disposal has 20 percent weightage, public and community toilet provisions (15 percent) and family toilets have been given weightage of 15 percent.
The meeting today was aimed at realising the room for improvements on documentation and proper presentation of the reports to the QCI officials. The MCC officials, after conducting an internal survey of the city has come up with a report with possible score this time which the DC reviewed.
The civic body is leaving no stone unturned to retain the tag of the cleanest city in India for the third consecutive year even as the contest becoming more challenging with 500 cities participating in the survey as against 73 last year.
The MCC officials were of the opinion that the city would score more than 1749 points – the points Mysuru had got last year – and no doubt would retain the tag of cleanest city in India.
“The city has undergone many positive changes since last survey was conducted. We are sure to get 100 percent marks in Planning: Strategy for Open Defecation Free town (ODF) and Integrated Solid Waste Management (SWM); Waste Management: Door to door Collection, Sweeping, Collection and Transportation; Sanitation: Public & Community Toilet Provision and Sanitation: Individual Household Latrines,” MCC Health Officer Nagaraj explained. Mysuru had lost 65 marks in these departments during last survey. The city being declared as the Open Defecation Free (ODF) will fetch more points this time.
While the MCC is fit from all the aspects to secure more marks, the only concern bothering MCC is citizen’s feedback which would be the deciding factor as weightage of citizens’ feedback has been increased to 30 percent (from the earlier 25 percent).
Appreciating the MCC for the improvements, Randeep suggested the officials to make proper documentation along with the abstract of each report, followed by a detailed explanation along with the statistics.
Swachhata – MoUD App
MCC Commissioner J Jagadish appealed Mysurians to download and make use of Swachhata – MoUD App to report any civic issue on a click of a button. He said that anyone can report issues such as uncollected garbage, UGD issues, water problems, etc, by simply taking a picture and uploading on the App. “The problem would be addressed in 12 hours and a picture of solved problem would be sent to the complainant, Jagadish said.
Points for App download
The MCC commissioner said that the downloading and using of App by the citizen would fetch 150 points depending upon the ranking. While cities with top downloads between 1-20 will get 75 points, 15 points will be reduced for finishing between 21 and 40.
“While Ahmedabad stands first with more than 20,000 downloads, Mysuru is standing on 20 with only 6,000 downloads. More downloads more points,” he said requesting people to download App in their mobile phones.
MCC Mayor M J Ravi Kumar, Deputy Mayor Ratna Lakshman and presidents of all the MCC sub-committees were present.