I quote from Hindustan Times article dated today ‘The criteria adopted for the rankings have been the extent of open defecation, solid waste management, water treatment, etc. A striking feature of the report is that while the part of Delhi that falls under the New Delhi Municipal Council ranks 16th, Delhi is at 397th place.
This is something that should set the alarm bells ringing for the Arvind Kejriwal government. However, the most striking part of the report is that seven of the 10 cleanest cities are from the south, and Bengaluru, despite its precipitate decline over the past 10 years, has performed the best among the capitals. Only one city, Etawah, from Uttar Pradesh features among the top 100. However, Lucknow, Agra, Kanpur and Allahabad have been put on the 100 smart cities list.
The budget this year had announced full tax exemption for contributions to the Swachh Bharat Kosh. Moreover, it also talked about building 60 million toilets, though no timeframe was given for this. More than Rs 90 crore was spent on campaign advertising in 2014-15. But nothing will work unless states become partners in cleaning our cities. And making our cities livable cannot be an exercise in isolation divorced from other developmental activities.’
The government will be launching a nationwide real-time monitoring system for toilets constructed under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The government of India is bringing awareness among the people through effective advertisements. With this monitoring system, the government aims to attain a 100% open defecation free India by 2019.