For a better place

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 8/23/2020 12:29:35 PM IST

 It was a mix of good and bad news for Nagaland, after the results of the Swachh Surveksan 2020 were announced on August 20 by union minister of state for housing & urban affairs Hardip Puri. Mokokchung town was adjudged as the ‘Cleanest City’ of the north east under 25,000 to 50,000 population category; Chümoukedima was adjudged as the ‘Best Self-Sustainable City’ in the north east under 25,000 to 50,000 population category and Pfutsero town in Phek district, adjudged as the ‘Best City’ in innovation and pest practices in the north east under 25,000 to 50,000 population category. The bad news is that Dimapur, the commercial capital of Nagaland was ranked 8th among ten dirtiest cities under 10 lakh population category. Of cities in the north east, Shillong (Meghalaya)was ranked 6th and Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) was ranked 7th, fared slightly better. A word or two about the motivation being inspired by the Swachh Surveksan, which is a renamed and reshaped project after its forerunners-a formal sanitation programme first launched in 1954, followed by Central Rural Sanitation Programme in 1986, Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) in 1999 and Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan in 2012. The Swachh Bharat programme was launched with much fanfare in 2014 and also had funds tied through Swachh cess. Swachh Survekshan 2020 is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness urban survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India. Swachh Survekshan 2020 surveyed a total of 4242 cities, 62 Cantonment Boards and 97 Ganga Towns and saw an unprecedented participation of 1.87 crore citizens. Swachh Survekshan is a ranking exercise taken up by the Government of India to assess rural and urban areas for their levels of cleanliness and active implementation of Swachhata mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner. The objective of the survey is to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in. Additionally, the survey also intends to foster a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens, towards creating cleaner cities and towns. For many in Nagaland, it was somewhat of a disappointment that Dimapur was ranked way down among the ten top dirtiest cities under 10 lakh population category. Perhaps, this is a wake up call on the civic authorities to renew their efforts for improvement of amenities. Waste disposal and management, poor drainage, besides dust pollution are some of the problems felt most in Dimapur. It may be also be added, that keeping a clean and hygienic environment requires total involvement of the public. It is the bounden duty of every person to not litter and dispose off rubbish and garbage in wrappings. On the other hand, the laurels earned for the state by Mokokchung, Chümoukedima and Pfutsero towns is laudable. In a way, these three towns not only brought laurels but also offset the negative achievement of Dimapur. Though there have been some criticisms against the methodology used in the Swachh surveys, overall, the positive aspect is that today, urban towns and cities are awakening to the need of effecting a clean and sustainable environment.

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