Mood bullish for better swachh rank
Jamshedpur: The JNAC is counting on positive support from residents and healthier co-ordination with Jusco to improve its Swachh Survekshan 2018 ranking that will be released in May.
Special officer of JNAC Sanjay Kumar Pandey said they had received a good response from people this year, which is why plans like doorstep garbage collection, no littering in commercial places and maintenance of public and community toilets were a success.
"Also, we got adequate time to work with our counterpart (Jusco). We are confident of a huge improvement (in ranking)," Pandey said.
In 2017, Jamshedpur ranked an overall 64, but was adjudged the best among eastern cities with a population of 10 lakh and above. The chief minister has prodded for an all-India top-10 finish this year.
Assessment parameters are tougher this time with the number of cities being 4,041. They are being judged on the basis of data given by civic service providers (1,200 marks) during documentation. There is negative marking if the data is found wrong during independent field verification. Another 1,200 marks is reserved for data collection through field visits and 1,400 marks depend on citizen feedback through the swachh mobile app.
Central observers from outsourced agency Karvy Management Services conducted document verification in the steel city between February 21 and 24 while field inspection was held between February 26 and March 7.
JNAC city manager Shakil Mehdi Anwar said the team visited areas serviced by Jusco in commercial and residential hubs of Sakchi, Bistupur and Kadma, besides urban slums.
"The team inspected the sewage treatment plant, composting units and waste transfer stations of Jusco along with community, public and private toilets in slums. Owing to our sustained awareness campaign and prosecution by flying squads, residents showed better civic discipline and also gave positive feedbacks on waste management," the JNAC official said.
State secretary of Confederation of All India Traders Suresh Sonthalia appreciated the work done by JNAC and Jusco. "The civic bodies worked like a team. The results are evident. We should at least make it to the top 20," the former SCCI president said.