Three-day Swachh Survekshan begins in Mysuru

Team of officials from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to conduct survey

Mysuru, February 12:- A team of officials from the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, New Delhi, appointed by the Swachh Bharat Mission programme, arrived in the city on Monday to conduct a three-day Swachh Survekshan.

The team comprises observers, senior assessors, and junior assessors of Karvy Consultancy, appointed by the central government to conduct inspection in the city.

The Karnataka Head of Karvy Consultancy Srinivas, observer of Karvy Ajay, senior assessor Chethan, junior assessor Shwetha, co-ordinator Mohammed Munner and Pooja Lahiri, an observer from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, will conduct the three-day Swachh Survekshan which starts from today.

The team members were given a warm reception on their arrival in the city and formally welcomed by the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Commissioner G Jagadeesh.

The team then inspected the documents prepared by MCC. According to MCC officials, the team on the first two days will begin with collection and verification of documents related to measures taken up on cleanliness drive in Mysuru. The team will also gather information related to door-to-door collection of waste, General Positioning System (GPS) used to monitor vehicles carrying waste and other innovative measures and practices that are adopted by MCC.

The team also inspected documents related to cleanliness in residential and commercial areas in the city, segregation of waste and garbage at source, daily cleaning, and sanitation and hygiene facilities on day one. The documentation and the service level progress carries 1400 marks out of a total of 4,000 marks.

The team on Wednesday is expected to visit various places in the city for direct observation which carries 1200 marks. The assessors will visit the residential areas including slum, old Mysuru City, unplanned and developed areas and will not interact with anyone during their visit and this will be purely their assessment of the situation and the assessors would click the pictures to support their observation. Similarly, the team will check whether the public toilets are gender-friendly, do they get electricity supply and are they connected with onsite safe disposal system, does it carry IEC (Information, Education and Communication) messages and others. During their direct observation, the team will also check whether the commercial places are clean, cleanliness in vegetable and meat markets, cleanliness at Mysuru Railway Station, Mysuru KSRTC and Private Bus Terminals and other important centres.

This direct observation carries 1200 marks and plays a significant role to judge Mysuru City’s place under the ‘cleanliness index’ developed in the country.

Mysuru which had slipped to the fifth position in 2017 Swachh Survekshan is hoping to reclaim its Number 1 position this year by bagging  the ‘Cleanest city’ tag in the country.

This year, in a bid to scale up the coverage of the ranking exercise and encourage towns and cities to actively implement mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner, MoHUA is conducting its third survey to rank all 4041 cities based on assessment of progress from January 2017 till December 2017 under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U). -(KK)

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