Swachh Survekshan: Shimla ranked 102nd, down from 65th last year

Tribune News Service

Shimla, November 20

Shimla has slipped out of the list of top 100 cities in the Swachh Survekshan-2021. Its rank has declined to 102nd among the cities with a population between one lakh and 10 lakh from the 65th position last year. However, the state has risen to the fifth position from last year's sixth place among the states having less than 100 urban local bodies. Overall, the state has finished 16th.

Could not focus on cleanliness: Mayor

Our ranking has fallen because of the pandemic. Our staff was engaged in Covid-related works as well. So, we could not focus on cleanliness and other parameters as much as we would have liked. — Satya Kaundal, Mayor

"Himachal has been placed among the top five states with less than 100 urban local bodies. The last time the state was sixth on the list," said Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj. "As for the cities which have not done well, modern technology and innovations will be used to ensure they do better next year," he said.

Shimla is a major city that has slipped down the ladder after registering impressive improvements in the rankings in the past couple of years. Last year, the city had improved its ranking from 128th in 2019 to 65th. "We have slipped down in the ranking this year because of the pandemic. Our staff was engaged in Covid-related work as well, so we could not focus on cleanliness and other parameters covered under the survey as much as we would have liked," said Mayor Satya Kaundal. "Nevertheless, our garbage collectors did a great job even during the peak of the pandemic. We will ensure that the reasons behind the city's fall in the ranking are addressed so that we do much better next year," said Kaundal.

The city has been given 3,251 points out of 6,000 on three parameters covered under the survey, namely Service Level Progress, Certification and Citizen Voice. Last year, there were four parameters in the survey.

According to the Urban Development Minister, the Municipal Corporation of Dharamsala, Municipal Corporation of Mandi and the Municipal Council of Kangra have secured the top three positions, respectively, in the state among the urban local bodies having a population of less than one lakh.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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