Panaji to participate in Swachh Bharat Mission’s nationwide city ranking on cleanliness and sanitation

Panaji, 30 December 2015:  “A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary in 2019,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he launched the Swachh Bharat Mission at Rajpath in New Delhi on 2nd October 2014 on the occasion of Mahatama Gandhi’s 145th birth anniversary. Swachh Bharat Mission was launched throughout length and breadth of the country as a national movement and has gathered momentum since then.

As part of the nationwide Swachh Bharat Mission campaign, a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Urban Development, ‘Swachh Survekshan’   will be undertaken in January 2016 across 75 major cities across the country, including the capital city of Panaji, as part of the mission for ensuring cleanliness in urban areas. The Quality Council of India (QCI) has been awarded the work to conduct the survey which will commence shortly.

As part of the nationwide Swachh Bharat Mission campaign, a nationwide survey commissioned by the Ministry of Urban Development, ‘Swachh Survekshan’ will be conducted in January 2016 across 75 major cities across the country, including the capital city of Panaji, and rank them in the order of cleanliness

The survey will be carried out between January 5 and January 20 and the results are expected to be announced by 25 January 2015

Managing solid waste is one of the greater challenges cities faces on the road to becoming carbon neutral. The city of Panaji has already made significant progress in this area with the support of citizens.

Citizens can dial the toll free number 1800 267 2777 and participate in the survey

The survey would judge the sanitation and hygiene conditions of 75 major cities, including 53 cities with a population of above 10 lakhs each and state capitals and rank them in the order of cleanliness. The survey would also confirm work done on the construction of household individual toilets and community toilet seats. Cities will be rated for its cleanliness during the survey and scorers will be awarded accordingly

Swachh Survekshan will be carried out between January 5 and January 20 and the results are expected to be announced on the MyGov website by 25 January 2016.

The QCI’s evaluation and ranking process involves collection of data from Urban Local Bodies (UBLs), direct observation and feedback from citizens.

The MoUD and evaluating body will collect preliminary data through a process of self assessment from municipal bodies on the various parameters that the cities will be judged on. These include solid waste management, toilets, behavioral changes, garbage management, collection, processing and disposal. Additionally, a team will also travel down to Goa to assess and evaluate the cleanliness quotient of the cities. A sample size of 50 citizens from each ward will be contacted over the phone by the QCI team to collect feedback on the cleanliness of the city they reside in. Citizens can also dial the toll free number 1800 267 2777 and participate in the survey.

Managing solid waste is one of the greater challenges cities faces on the road to becoming carbon neutral with the biggest hurdle being to get citizens to segregate their waste.  However, the city of Panaji has already made significant progress in this area with the support of citizens. This includes;

  • The effective segregation and door to door collection of garbage since 2003. The city of Panaji is presently a 100% bin free city with 100% success in door-to-door collection of garbage and segregation of garbage at source and is moving towards a zero-waste, landfill – free city in the years to come.
  • With 65 composting stations set up in the city, the city composts over 80% of the wet waste generated by the city which is available for use
  • A material recovery system has been put into place where waste is segregated into recyclable and non-recyclable waste at the sorting and segregation station at St Inez. The recyclable waste is further segregated into 20 fractions and auctioned off every week.
  • The non recyclable material is sent to cement kilns. So far close to 2464 tons of non recyclable waste has found its way to cement kilns.
  • A number of waste reduction measures have been enforced within the city. These include the use of aluminium or biodegradable plates by street stalls and vendors over paper plates and the reduction of use of sachets for condiments.
  • Cooperative societies are encouraged to set up kitchen gardens and composting stations within their society. A case in point is Kamat Estate Cooperative Housing Society, Tonca. The society manage its own waste – both wet and dry – so that no more than 5% of its dry waste will need to be collected by the Corporation of the City of Panaji.
  • With an understanding that the maximum impact to create awareness on garbage management can be achieved through the student community, The CCP partnered with the Waste Wise Foundation to launch an innovative School Engagement Program. The program educates young students about the importance of solid waste segregation and convinces them that the right time to act is now. The students are then incentivized for their contribution. Cycles, school bags, sports gear and merchandise is presented as incentive to students depending on the quantum of work completed in this area.The CCP has partnered with 14 schools in the city of Panaji and over 1500 students since its launch in 2013 and have garnered excellent participation and involvement of students, schools, the teaching community and parents. A number of activities are held to motivate students to participate in the programe. Last year, through the programe, 4.5 tons of dry segregated recyclable waste was collected.
  • The CCP has acquired use of a styropactor (to create compact bundles of loose polystyrene or thermocol as it is commonly referred to) and mulcher which aids in the process of effective waste management
  • The CCP conducts cleanliness drives on a regular basis at various locations across the city. Additionally, the Governor’s office at Raj Bhavan undertakes a cleanliness drive every Friday at the Miramar circle and surrounding areas.

Recently, Governor of Goa, Mridula Sinha had called upon people of Goa to cooperate in the Swachh Bharat Mission and make Goa the number one state in the country in terms of cleanliness by 2016.  The Governor has adopted Panaji, Mapusa, Ponda, Margao and Vasco to turn them into model cities of cleanliness.