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Tiruchy gearing up for swachh survey 2018

HAVING slipped a few notches in the top 10 list of clean cities in Swachh Survekshan, a survey conducted by the Central government for rewarding cities, the city Corporation has put in place plans that would help Tiruchy re-gain pride of place in 2018. With the Centre annoucing changes in the weightage of points this year, like doubling the score to 4,000 malts, more importance is given to citizen feedback and direct observation - two parameters in which Tiruchy fared badly. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced a time-line for preparation, participation and evaluation in the survey. The number of participating cities has increased from 434 in 2017 to 500 cities (with population of 1 latch and above) this year. In 2016, Tiruchy ranked third among 73 participating cit-ies and in 2017 slipped to the sixth position but was the only city from Tamil Nadu to figure in the top 10 list.

 The ranking would be carried out in three stages including data collection, interaction with the municipal body, direct observation and feedback from locals. The civic body has already constituted dedicated teams comprised of officials to ensure good performance. Corporation Com-missioner N Ravichandran said, "Duty charts for officials have been assigned with tasks to en-sure a better performance. We have also planned to work closely with residents' associations and Negative marks have been Introduced this year. if the claims of the Corporation are found incorrect by the independent assessors during field visits, the civic body would get 33 per cent negative marks, besides zero marks for the other respective parameters.
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 In 2017, though Tiruchy ranked sixth, it scored well in the municipal documentation category  and comparatively well in the independent observa-tion (436.41/500), the city lost significant marks in citizen feed-back and familiarity of Swachhta application (425.06/600). Unlike previous years, component weightage for municipal documentation in 2018 has been brought down to 35 from 45 per cent, while weightage for direct
observation has been increased from 25 to 30 per cent. For citi-zens feedback, die weightage is 35 per cent. "The revised parameters will be a challenging task for us to maintain and improve our reputation in the national level. We have strategies to improve the citizen feedback parameters and the next few months would be a crucial for us to address our shortcomings," the commissioner added.

As a first step, the civic body plans to familiarise people with the Swachhata App and also pe-nalise individuals violating the devised Solid Waste Management protocols, with a fine of 1!50 to 2100 for every offence.
Source: epaper . newindianexpress. com//c/21440161

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