A survey was conducted from January to March 2018, covering 4203 urban local bodies ranked under different categories, based on their population. The survey showed that 25 cities in India were the most dirtiest in the country. Cities were ranked on the basis of their performance in six parameters including collection and transportation of municipal solid waste, their processing and disposal, sanitation-related progress, innovation and best practices adapted by cities. According to reports, 2700 assessors from Karvy Data management services Limited visited the 4203 Urban Local Bodies as part of the survey, which was completed in 66 days.
The survey said that among the 25 cities, 19 cities were in West Bengal. The cities include Darjeeling, Siliguri, Serampore, Madhyamgram, North Barrackpore, Bankura, fared abysmally on all sanitation indicators such as waste collection, open defecation, solid waste processing and disposal, the survey found.
Nagaland, Puducherry and Tripura were listed last three dirty places in India. Jharkhand was declared the cleanest state in India followed by Maharashtra and Chattisgarh. Among the cities in India, Indoor was declared the cleanest for the second here in a row followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh. The Prime Minister released the report in Madhya Pradesh and also gave away the awards for cleanest cities in India.
But West Bengal government has rejected the survey, saying that they never participated in the survey. Subrata Gupta, West Bengal principal secretary (urban affairs and municipal affairs department) said, “I am not aware of any such survey. I have not seen the survey report and won’t be able to comment on it. The state, however, runs its own cleanliness program called Nirmal Bangla as part of which we rank our cities.”
Mamata Banerjee and her government is not just ready to accept that she has failed in maintaining cleanliness in the state and doesn’t want to promote Swachh Bharat just because it was started by PM Modi. Hindustan Times Report