Gangtok, Nov 20:
Once famous for its cleanliness, cleanest town and cleanest hill station, Gangtok is now struggling with the problem of solid – waste management and source segregation. President Ram Nath Kovind today announced the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards and Sikkim stood 13th position. In the year 2016 Sikkim was in top 10 in the Swachh Survekshan.
Gangtok Municipal Corporation which is concern body for waste management in Gangtok and other local bodies is facing difficulties to manage to solid waste and they are not able to segregate the waste shared Hem Kumar Chettri, Commissioner, Gangtok Municipal Corporation(GMC)
Source segregation of waste is something municipal bodies are not able to do, due to which the dumping zone at Martam 32 number has turned stinky and loads and loads of un-segregated garbage are heaped up, informed Chettri.
When it was asked that Garbage collectors or “Gangtok Beautifiers” are not happy with their salary then the Commissioner said we have convey the demands of worker to the government and we are hopeful the government will soon do something about this.
Commissioner also told that “we have tried to check rampant garbage dumping also as we received many complaints and we have installed CC cameras also but still people are not adhering and now we will take stringent action.
Local contractors are taking away the recyclable and usable waste with their manpower which has also helped GMC to some extent to reduce the garbage but without proper kit they are doing.
Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India. It was launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aimed to make India clean and free of open defecation by 2nd October 2019. The first survey was undertaken in 2016 and covered 73 cities; by 2020 the survey had grown to cover 4242 cities and was said to be the largest cleanliness survey in the world. In a bid to scale up the coverage of the ranking exercise and encourage towns and cities to actively implement mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is now in the process of conducting the sixth edition of the survey to rank all cities under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) with Quality Council of India (QCI) as its implementation partner.
The objective of the survey is to encourage large scale citizen participation, ensure sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage free and open defecation free cities, provide credible outcomes which would be validated by third party certification, institutionalize existing systems through online processes and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities more habitable and sustainable. Additionally, the survey also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition amongst towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens and move towards creating cleaner cities.