JAMMU, June 24: As a prelude to encouraging cities to improve urban sanitation, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Government of India conducted its third survey “Swachh Survekshan-2018”, in which the ranking of Jammu City improved.
In Swachh Survekshan 2018 different Urban Local Bodies (ULB) of the J&K participated wherein Jammu City jumps 39 ranks up and stood at 212 rank at the national level as compared to its previous ranking of 251 in Swachh Survekshan 2017.
The scoring for each ULB for ranking was segregated into 4 main components viz service level progress by ULB, independent validation done by Swachh Survekshan assessors and MoHUA observers team, direct observation done by Swachh Survekshan assessors and MoHUA observers team and citizen feedback collected through various modes.
The Jammu City scores 2025.81 marks out of 4000 which is more than the State and national average marks. Jammu City secured 1068 marks in direct observation which is above State and national average marks and 817.18 marks in citizen feedback which is above State average marks. Moreover, Jammu City secured overall highest marks among all the ULB of the J&K.
Ramesh Kumar, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) stated that there is need to put more efforts to achieve the desired results so that JMC is spotted in top 10 ranking. He added that it is the result of hard work and focused attention given by the concerned officers and field staff of the JMC because of which the ranking of JMC has been improved by 39 points.
He further issued instructions to the concerned wings of JMC for taking steps for improvement of sanitation scenario by putting more men and machinery within the limits of JMC so that there can be desired improvement in the ranking during Swachh Survekshan 2019.
He also appealed the general public to give their feedback in respect of sanitation and cleanliness of their respective areas which would help JMC in taking necessary steps required for improving sanitation scenario in the city.