Jamshedpur, Feb. 15: Citizens of the steel city, who have been taking pride in residing in a clean and green city, ought to wake up and find the truth for themselves.
They would certainly be shocked to learn that a survey undertaken to check the impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,” a nationwide campaign for civilians to become more proactive about keeping their localities clean, found Jamshedpur to be one of the 10 dirtiest cities in the country.
What is worse, Dhanbad has been found to be the dirtiest city in the entire country. It seems, people of Jharkhand have chose to ignore Modi’s exhortations of everyone coming together to rid India of its filth.
According to the survey, Mysore in Karnataka, Chandigarh and Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu are the cleanest cities in India, while Dhanbad in Jharkhand is the dirtiest.
The survey was conducted in 73 cities with more than 10 lakh residents by Quality Council of India.
Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) which is responsible to structure the development plan of the city was of the opinion that solid waste management system is the need of the hour.
‘I’m sure Jamshedpur would be in the list of top 20 cleanest cities of the country when the survey is done next time after the solid waste management system comes into existence as solid waste management is the driving force behind Swach Bharat Abhiyan’, said JNAC special officer, Deepak Sahay.
When contacted, Jamshedpur Member of Parliament (MP) , Bidyut Baran Mahato said, drainage and sewage should be improved which would pave way for overall cleanliness of the city. ‘We should take the matter seriously and take adequate measures to see what went wrong and would soon call a meeting of notified areas and Jusco officials’, added Mahato.
The 10 dirtiest cities in India include Kalyan Dombivilli in Maharashtra, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Patna in Bihar, Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Asansol-Durgapur in West Bengal, Varanasi, Ghaziabad and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.
On the other hand, the 10 cleanest cities in India are: Mysore, Chandigarh, Trichurapelli, New Delhi, Vishakapattnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimpri Chinchwad and Greater Mumbai.
While campaigning for the 2014 national election in Uttar Pradesh, Modi promised to usher in a new era of development in the state, which gave 71 seats to the BJP in the Lok Sabha, and he promised to clean up the holy Ganga in his constituency of Varanasi.
Ironically, three of the ten dirtiest cities in the country are from Uttar Pradesh – Varanasi, Ghaziabad and Meerut. Worse still, all these cities have elected BJP leaders as their lawmakers.
Meanwhile, when the Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who released the survey results today, was asked why Modi’s constituency was so dirty, he cooly shifted blame to local authorities.
“The local administration can best reply to this. If it has fared poorly, then the administration should work towards improvement,” he said.
Naidu also said that 400 cities in India would be free from open defecation by the end of the year.