Bhubaneswar gets Fastest Moving City clean award

Bhubaneswar, May 4: The Temple City Bhubaneswar has retained
its lead in cleanliness front as it has achieved the award among the Fastest
Moving City in East Zone under the category of population more than 10 lakh. 
BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena today received the award from Central
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi. 
Among 434 cities of the country the Odisha Capital City has
scored 94th rank. The competition was launched among 500 AMRUT (Atal
Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transformation) cities in which 434
participated. In a similar exercise in 2015, from among 500 cities the Temple
City had secured 331strank. So, it is a dramatic rise in its ranking over these
years for the city.
From among the many criterion fixed during the survey,
collection of data from municipal body and interaction with officials,
collection of data from direct observation, collection of data from citizen
feedback were the major ones with 2,000 marks.
However, with a sustainable citizen-centric activities
Bhubaneswar could shine and scored 1,254.47. For citizen feedback Swachhata
Labs were organised on the campuses of different academic institutions.
The report of MoUD has also mentioned that Bhubaneswar has
achieved door-to-door garbage collection in over 75 percent area and also 100
percent of the city MSW is transported to the dumping site on daily basis, from
70 percent of its wards.
The municipal corporation has achieved sweeping of all
commercial area and festivities twice a day round the year making the city
cleaner. Dustbins across the city are placed at appropriate distances and they
also covered all the commercial establishments.
The MoUD report, which was released by the Central Minister
in New Delhi today, also mentioned that more than 75 percent of the vehicles
engaged by BMC to transport solid waste across the city, have been fitted with
GPS devices to enable a tracking system by the corporation, making the entire
process transparent and accountable.
The corporation has information communication tool
(ICT)-based attendance system. The report also categorically mentioned that 100
percent of the corporation staffs have participated in the e-learning programme
of the Swachha Bharat Mission to know more about Swachha Survekshyan and other
components of SBM so that they would remain updated with the developments
relating to cleanliness and SBM.

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