GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - In order to encourage cities to improve urban sanitation, Swachh Survekshan 2019 will be conducted across the country. Swachh Survekshan is an annual exercise conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India to determine the cleanest city ranking in India.
The objective of the survey is to encourage large-scale citizen participation, ensure sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage-free and open defecation-free cities, provide credible outcomes that would be validated by third-party certification, institutionalise existing systems through online processes and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together for making towns and cities a better place to live in.
Additionally, the survey also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner cities.
As a part of this major exercise, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has launched its own ‘I Love Guwahati’ campaign in the city to create awareness and encourage citizens’ participation. Among the various activities, like waste management workshops in schools and colleges, outdoor promotion, cleanliness drives, etc., the GMC is pleased to announce the launch of its own Swachh Competition initiative, wherein the major hotels, hospitals, schools, RWAs and markets in Guwahati will be surveyed and ranked for sanitation, cleanliness and adherence to solid waste management norms.
The basic criteria for evaluation will be placement of twin bins (green and blue), waste segregation within the premises, waste processing facility viz., composting, etc., for bulk waste generators, basic cleanliness and sanitation and separate toilet facilities for men, women and differently-abled citizens.
“I request all stakeholders in the five categories to support this exercise and ensure adherence in and around their premises. In the next two weeks, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation will conduct inspections and surveys to evaluate and rank these institutions,” said Monalisa Goswami, Commissioner, GMC. The Corporation has constituted separate teams to carry out this inspection exercise and has also roped in NGOs and sanitary workers to help with this exercise. The results will be announced in the first week of January and the winners will be given certificates by GMC.