Swachh Survekshan 2021: Shimla drops to 102nd place; Dharamshala improves his ranking
Shimla fell 37 places in the Swachh Survekshan 2021 ranking, an India-wide cleanliness survey; Dharamshala, improved its ranking in the small town category from 624 to 134 this year
The Queen of the Hills fell 37 places in the Swachh Survekshan ranking, an India-wide cleanliness survey. He plunged to 102 from 65th place last year.
The Ministry of Urban Development has spent millions of rupees to improve the cleanliness in the city of Shimla. The Municipality of Shimla bought two sweepers worth ??1.5 crore to clean the city streets. This year, 4,320 cities participated in the survey compared to 4,242 last year. The abandoned classification is said to be due to a lack of citizens’ voices and comments coupled with an inappropriate waste management system. Shimla scored 927.24 of 1,800 points in citizen voice and commentary, down from last year’s score of 1,049.52. Its total score was 1,624 out of 2,400 in the service level program, in addition to 700 of 1,800 in the city settings without waste and ODF certificate plus. The state capital only got one out of five stars for the waste-free city in the last two categories. This year we couldn’t do better. Garbage collection has been affected by the pandemic. We will do our best to improve door-to-door collection. Despite the hardships, the garbage collectors did a commendable job during the hard times, ”said Shimla Municipality Mayor Satya Kaundal.
The city of Shimla had obtained 26 ranks in the survey in 2016. The decline began after the BJP took power in the state.
The government is hiring part-time workers in outsourcing, said CPI (M) leader and former Shimla mayor Sanjay Chauhan.
“On the one hand, these privatization policies weigh more on the public by collecting more taxes and on the other hand, these workers are also exploited by entrepreneurs and companies,” he said.
However, the state’s second-largest city, Dharamshala, improved its ranking in the small town category from 624 to 134 this year. The city of Mandi obtained 155 ranking points in the zonal ranking. In 2020, Mandi Town was ranked 172. Palampur Tea Town improved its ranking from 533 to 214 this year. The tourist destination Narkanda known for its ski slopes improved its ranking from 633 to 276 in the category of small towns.