Visakhapatnam: Visakhapatnam has got a head start in Swachh Survekshan 2021 as more than 3.8 lakh Vizagites submitted their feedback for the survey as of Saturday. Only Bhopal (4.4 lakh responses) and Ahmedabad (4.2 lakh) are ahead of Visakhapatnam, with both cities having gathered over four lakh responses.
As per official statistics, the number of responses garnered from Vizagites is manifold compared to any other major city of Andhra Pradesh, such as Vijayawada (1.3 lakh responses), Tirupati (one lakh), Rajahmundry (40,000) and Kakinada (95,000).
Other cities at the national level and trailing behind Visakhapatnam are Lucknow (3.7 lakh), Indore (2.7 lakh), etc. As always, citizen participation continues to be a crucial component of the survey. In an effort to strengthen this component further, the 2021 survey’s indicators would have marks for innovations led by citizens and their contribution to the overall reduction of the city’s solid waste. Citizen’s voice has a weightage of 1,800 (30%) out of the total 6,000 marks.
Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) additional commissioner Dr V Sanyasi Rao said the civic body wants to make it to the list of top five cities in this year’s Swachh Survekshan. “The GVMC has launched several initiatives to improve the cleanliness and urban sanitation of the city, which would in turn improve the city’s ranking in the survey,” said Dr Rao.
The GVMC has been conducting city-level campaigns and promotions as part of the survey to enhance citizens’ understanding of about Swachh Survekshan-2021. Awareness is being created among the public on the role they can play in improving the performance of the city in the national-level cleanliness competition.
The 2021 survey indicators would also assess sustainability of the sanitation value chain. Parameters that would measure the sustainability of the initiatives include thecity’s waste processing capacities, unprocessed/processed waste going to the landfill, remediation of dumpsites, wastewater treatment and reuse, along with faecal sludge management.
Citizen’s feedback for the programme will be collected from January 1 to March 31. Face-to-face citizen’s feedback , however, will be collected between March 1 and March 31.