Jumping ranks in Swachchh Survekshan doesn’t ensure progress, opine locals
Stating that the improved ranking of Dehradun in Swachchh Survekshan 2020 was the result of superficial assessment of sanitation conditions in the city, the locals opined that the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is not working on the issues at the ground level. Recently, the MCD celebrated the jump of 264 slots in Dehradun ranking in Swachchh Survekshan 2020 where it was placed at 124th position. According to the local residents, there has not been much improvement in the city’s sanitation conditions to make it much different than the last year. “There are several issues which are quite basic but the MCD never took a solid decision on them. For instance, the door to door collection of garbage still doesn’t happen regularly in all the wards. The heaps of garbage can still be found on the roadside in various areas -that can cause diseases and animals like cows also consume plastic from such heaps. Many cows die in our State every year only because they feed on plastic from such garbage. Shouldn’t the corporation make any regulation regarding this matter? Our city must have improved its ranking on the documents but for the locals, the situation remains the same,” said Avinash Kumar, a Sahastradhara Road resident. The locals stressed that rather than treating the root cause of the issues, MCD attempts to repress any further visible damages. “We all are aware about the increasing garbage issue in the city. There are possibly more piles of garbage near the main roads than the small residential colonies. So instead of making people aware about limiting the garbage generation in their daily life, the corporation claims to increase garbage pickup vehicles and sets up more garbage transfer stations when the primary concern should be to reduce garbage generation and not disposal,” stated Priyanka Kohli, a local school teacher. She further stated, “The corporation should promote awareness programmes regarding the causes of such issues at least, as much as the MCD did to raise public awareness about Swachchh Survekshan and the importance of public feedback to improve ranking during this cleanliness survey. All I am saying is that where there is a will, there is a way.”
Talking about the ranking of Dehradun in Swachchh Survekshan, local resident Mohit Negi said, “I think Dehradun’s improved ranking was probably due to public feedback on the Swachhata app. I remember that earlier this year, some employees in the MCD campus suggested to give positive feedback in the app and a few employees even asked people for their mobile numbers to send One Time Password (OTP) and then registered the mobile numbers on the app and gave the feedback and rating on their own as per their wish. It is not the way to encourage cleanliness in a city,” said Negi. He added that the ranking might jump some more slots the next year but this way, there wouldn’t be any real development in Dehradun. However many opined that people are equally responsible for keeping the city clean and the corporation should not be blamed completely. “Of course, there might be some issues with the working of the municipal corporation but the public is also not without fault. We are the ones who generate plastic and we are those people who throw garbage on the roads when the garbage collection vehicles do not arrive for a few days instead of approaching MCD or any other authority. We cannot justify our actions by playing victim and blaming them on the administration. The people of Dehradun need to be responsible and aware about their own duties first before accusing the corporation because efforts should be made from both sides,” stated Rajpur resident, Anuj Jain.
Thursday, 27 August 2020 | PNS | Dehradun