Udaipur scores a position in top 100 cleanest cities of India

Udaipurites seem to be highly elated as Lake City has made tremendous progress in the recent Swaccha Bharat ratings. From last year’s ranking of 310 out of 434 cities, it has jumped up to be 85th out of 485 cities this year. In Rajasthan also, it has jumped to the 2nd position from 10th. Only two cities of Rajasthan are there in the first 100 at a national level in cleanest cities – Udaipur and Jaipur.

State-wise, Rajasthan is at number 8 in the cleanest province in the nation with its two towns in the first 100 list. Jharkhand occupies the top position with its 9 cities in the top 100 while Maharashtra with 29 cities among top 100, Chhattisgarh with 7 towns in top 100 and Madhya Pradesh with its 19 cities among top 100 are placed second, third and fourth respectively. In the first phase of ranking on the basis of cleanliness 4203 big and small cities were evaluated. Small cities were divided into five groups. Those of Rajasthan were included in the west zone. Out of 4000 total marks for ranking, 1200 were allotted to documentation, 1400 to direct observation and 1400 to citizen feedback. The percentage of marks for ranking was: collection and transport – 30%, ODF – 30%, processing, and disposal – 25% and innovation, IEC, and capacity building got 5% marks each. In west zone, Jhalrapatan secured the first position in Rajasthan (102nd in zone), Ratangarh got the second position in the state (115th in zones, Dungarpur secured the third position in Rajasthan (126th in zones) and Pratapgarh secured 4th position in Rajasthan (153 in zone), Rajsamand and Banswara got 572nd 790th position respectively. Among big cities, Chittorgarh was placed at the 323rd position.

Udaipur scores a position in top 100 cleanest cities of India
Source: Hindustan Times

In the service level progress, an on-the-spot inspection was done by the swacchta survey on the basis of a document prepared by the municipal corporation. The city secured 564 marks out of 1400. The score was extremely low as compared to the marks given by the corporation itself. This may be due to negative marking under direct observation, the team from New Delhi visited railway station, bus stands, markets as lakes and took feedback. The score was 940 out of 1200. A lot has been done for cleaning the lakes. The corporation has made joint efforts with the railway and roadways authorities for cleanliness. Awareness among the public was also created. For citizen feedback, swacchata app was downloaded.

The corporation had made a large number of people download the app with the help of Parshads and had made full preparation for citizen feedback. The city was evaluated on the basis of the resolution of public complaints and the time taken by the employees of the corporation in doing so. Out of 4000, the city scored 1118.47 marks that is much higher than the average 1986.27 of Rajasthan and 1913 of the country.

Udaipur scores a position in top 100 cleanest cities of India
Source: The Indian Express

The rank and score of some other small places of Udaipur division were: Salumber 445 with 2003 marks, Fatehsagar 779 with 1407 marks, Bhindar 796 with 1352 marks, Kanode 847 with 1456 marks.

The positive factors that contributed to the good rank included the declaration of city as ODF, launch of door-to-door collection of garbage is good progress in solid waste disposal, use of AP, public awareness about the campaign, fixing up of targets of work, effective presentation of the work done, focus on regular cleaning increase in the number of trippers and biometric attendance of workers.

Some weak areas included the lack of proper functioning of online services such as building permission and collection of urban development. The city doesn’t have a proper system of solid waste management as good bidders are not available. Due to lack of public awareness hoardings and banners are placed in wrong spots. There are no toilets at several places. The existing ones are not properly maintained. No decentralized system exists for transport and segregation of garbage. The number of trippers has to be increased and the public should learn to use the services of trippers and dustbins.

Udaipur scores a position in top 100 cleanest cities of India
Source: Udaipurtimes

In the opinion of the municipal commissioner, Siddharth Sihag, the city deserved to be among the top 20 in the country. The city has done well in spite of the fact that it lacks proper transport, solid waste management, and door-to-door garbage collection facilities. He appreciates the contribution of the public and his team City Mayor, Chandra Singh Kothari says that the corporation analyzed the weaknesses and then worked on them. The focus was on coming up to standards laid down for evaluation. The huge public support has been a big positive factor in getting good ranking.

In the ranking under Rajasthan health programme, Udaipur has secured 9th position in the state. The areas included in the ranking done for the first time are child health, maternity health, prevention of diseases, patient feedback, family planning, seasonal diseases, vaccination, safe delivery, waterborne diseases, leprosy, TB, etc. The marks allotted for evaluation were: Input-25, Intermediate-50, output-25. On the basis of this evaluation, the first ten districts were marked green, the next ten were marked yellow and the last ten as red. In all the programmes, there were cut off benchmarks and the districts that did not meet the benchmark and the districts that did not meet the benchmark in each head were given zero marks.

Udaipur got high marks in disease control. The performance in child health care was also good. Out of 58 PHCs, only one gave feedback. The weak areas were maternal health, sterilization, and delivery system. The first ten districts in order of merit were: Sikar, Ajmer, Sriganganagar, Bhilwara, Kota, Rajsamand, Junjhunu, Jodhpur, Udaipur, and Chittorgarh.

The aim of the programme, according to medical and health department, is to generate healthy competition and improve performance in weak areas.

In the opinion of Dr. Sanjeev Tank, CMHO, Udaipur the aim of the district is to rise to the top rank, weak areas would be strengthened with hard work. This year the district was not able to do well due to lack of proper data entry. The patient feed was also a weak area. In disease control, the performance was good. All the officers would now be able to perform better as their ranking in the programme would be made available on the desktop.


Do You Know What ‘Swachhata App’ Is? If Not Then You Must Read This!

The Government of India is making efforts to keep the Nation clean and free from litter. Hence for the same, 3 years back, it started a campaign called the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Since the time of commencement of the campaign, the Govt. has taken major steps forward in keeping India clean.

One of the additions to the campaign is the Swachhata App.

What is Swachhata App?

The Swachhata App is an initiative of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).  It is a 4th generation complaint redressal mobile and web platform. It is available on Play Store for Android and App Store for iOS.

This solution is for all the 4041 towns and cities of India.

How to use the Swachhta App?

All you need to do is click a picture of the garbage dump or any other problem and upload it to the App. Also, the citizens can upload the complaints with or without photographs as well and share them with other citizens on the Application and comment on the work done.

The complaint would be marked on the right side of the complaint as Open, On the Job, Rejected, etc. This shows the status of the complaint so you know whether your complaint is addressed or not.

Once a citizen has posted a picture, it will automatically get forwarded to the concerned municipal authority. All urban local bodies have been mapped to this app. Problems like overflowing dustbins, garbage dumps and sweeping have to be done within 12 hours of lodging of a complaint. If there is no water supply or electricity in public toilets or there is a blockage, it will have to be fixed within 12 hours. A dead animal lying on the road will have to be removed within 48 hours.

Issues covered under the Swachhata App:

  • Garbage dump
  • Garbage vehicle not arrived
  • Dustbins not cleaned
  • Sweeping not done
  • Dead animals
  • Public toilet(s) cleaning
  • Public toilet(s) blockage
  • No water supply in public toilet(s)
  • No electricity in public toilet(s)

One new feature added is that now you can also vote upon any complaint relevant to you. You will get regular updates on the status of the complaint in the form of a push notification with the ‘Resolved’ image uploaded by the assigned sanitary inspector/engineer. You can also reopen the complaint if you are not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint.

Also, you can edit or delete your complaint as well. You can use photos from your phone’s Photo Gallery to upload on the Swachhata App.

It is indeed a transparent and accountable system of grievance redressal.

How to Install the APP?

The App looks like this on the Android Play Store

You can visit their website for a detailed knowledge about Swacch City project at Swachh.City

Download it from App Store or Play Store under the name Swachhata App

Tell us how much would you rate the Swachhta App and also if you have been using it, tell us your reviews of the App.

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स्वच्छ सर्वेक्षण 2018: नगर निगम ने खुद को दिये 1017/1400, आप कितने नंबर देंगे?

udaipur nagar nigam2014 में शुरू हुए स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में इस साल उदयपुर नगर निगम ने खुद को 1400 में से 1017 नंबर दिये है।पिछले साल देश भर में 310वे स्थान पर रहा उदयपुर, इस बार निगम उम्मीद कर रहा है कि रैंकिंग में ज़बरदस्त सुधार नज़र आएगा। ट्रांसपोर्ट एंड कलेक्शन और ओडीएफ़ के चलते इस बार रैंकिंग सुधरने की उम्मीद है। लेकिन आपको बता दें भले उदयपुर ओडीएफ़ ज़िला घोषित हो चूका हो लेकिन अभी भी कई घर ऐसे है जहाँ शोचालय तक नहीं बने है बावजूद इसके उसे ओडीएफ़ घोषित किया हुआ है। अब बात ये है कि निगम किस बेस पर खुद को ओडीएफ़ से जोड़कर नंबर दे रहा है जबकि हकीक़त कुछ और ही है! कचरा कलेक्शन का काम शुरू तो हो गया है लेकिन अभी भी प्रोसेसिंग और डिस्पोजल के प्लांट का लगना बाकी है। सनेट्री फील्ड साईट भी नहीं है।

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photo courtesy: udaipurtimes

खैर ये तो निगम की बात हो गई पर आप लोग भी उदयपुर नगर निगम को नंबर दे सकते है। बस आपको दिये गए इस लिंक को क्लिक करना है और वहाँ अपने आप को सिटिज़न फीडबैक वाले सेक्शन में रजिस्टर करवाना है। उसके बाद आपके सामने कुछ प्रश्न आएँगे उनके उत्तर देकर आप नगर निगम को फीडबैक दे सकते है। ये रही वो लिंक

लेकिन हम चाहते है कि आप कमेंट बॉक्स में इस विषय पर अपने विचार प्रकट करें ताकि हम आप सब मिलकर एक अच्छी बहस कर सकें। एक अच्छी बहस शायद हमारे शहर के लिये फ़ायदा कर जाए। 🙂

(ऊपर दिये गए फैक्ट्स राजस्थान पत्रिका और दैनिक भास्कर से लिये गए है।)


Swachh Survekshan 2017: Udaipur ranked 310 out of 434 cities!

Udaipur has found its place at #310 out of 434 cities in the survey, Swachh Survekshan 2017. Indore is ranked as the cleanest city in India while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh was ranked as the dirtiest in the same survey. The Swachh Survekshan 2017 was conducted in 434 cities and 37 lac Indian citizens participated in it making it the largest survey conducted by the government.

Talking about the other cities of our state; Bundi came out to be the cleanest city with a rank of 171 followed by Sikar-180, Pali-186, and Jodhpur-209 while the capital city Jaipur was at 215th rank. Udaipur ranked 13th out of 29 cities examined in Rajasthan.

Swachh Survekshan 2017 was based on the results obtained on grounds of the ongoing efforts to make urban areas free of open defecation and to improve the door-to-door collection, processing, and disposal of Municipal Solid Waste. Of the total score of 2,000,900 marks were assigned for performance in respect of ODF and solid waste management, 600 marks for Citizen Feedback and 500 marks for Independent Observation.

The Union minister for urban development, M Venkaiah Naidu said that UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab and Kerala need to substantially step up efforts to improve sanitation standards in urban areas.

The top ten clean cities in India as per the survey are:

  1. Indore
  2. Bhopal
  3. Vishakhapatnam
  4. Surat
  5. Mysuru
  6. Tiruchirapally
  7. New Delhi Municipal Council
  8. Navi Mumbai
  9. Tirupati
  10. Vadodara

Udaipur, as perceived, is a clean city.  However, the survey findings seem to contradict the city’s belief. Seeing the bright side, Udaipur was ranked 417 out of 476 cities surveyed in last August; the rank has dropped down to 310 in the current survey. This is better than the last time, but efforts must be made to make our city cleaner.

Swachh Survekshan 2017: Udaipur ranked 310 out of 434 cities!
A depictive Image of Swaroop Sagar