City drop from ninth place in 2021; it was declared the third cleanest city in 2017, its highest ranking to date

City drop from ninth place in 2021; it was declared the third cleanest city in 2017, its highest ranking to date

Visakhapatnam has been named the fourth cleanest city in the country (in the population over 10 lakh category), according to the Swachh Survekshan 2022 ranking. The city improved its ranking from ninth place in 2021 to fourth this year. This is the second time the city has secured a place in the top four. In the 2017 Swachh Survekshan, the city was declared the third cleanest city, which was its highest ranking to date.

Apart from that, Visakhapatnam got two other awards in the Swachh Survekshan 2022. While one award was for achieving a five-star rating in Garbage Free Cities (GFCs), the other was the award “ Clean Big City” in the category of 10 to 40 lakh population.

Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development Audimulapu Suresh, Mayor G. Hari Venkata Kumari, Commissioner GVMC P. Raja Babu, Former Commissioner G. Lakshmisha received the Union Minister of Housing Award and of Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, as part of the Swachh Survekshan Award -2022 program organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi on Saturday.

According to the GVMC Additional Commissioner, V. Sanyasi Rao, out of a total of 7,500 points, the GVMC scored 6,701 points. Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, which secured the top spot for the sixth consecutive time, scored a total of 7,146 points. In the Service Level Progression (SLP) category, out of 3,000 points, GVMC scored 2,536 points. In Garbage Free Cities (GFC), GVMC scored 1,050 points out of 1,250. Similarly, the civic body scored 1,000 points out of 1,000 in the Open Defecation Free (ODF) category and in Citizen Voice, out of 2,250 points, the company got 2,115.

Speaking on the occasion, Mayor Hari Venkata Kumari thanked GVMC staff, Swachh ambassadors, representatives of the public, businesses, Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), NGOs and health care institutions. ‘education. She said getting fourth place in the Swachh Survekshan survey was not possible without the support of the people.

“The fourth position imposed more responsibilities on us for which we have to work even harder in the years to come,” she said.

Compared to previous years, the GVMC has intensified Information Education Communication (IEC) activities in the neighborhoods this year. With the coordination of staff from the neighborhood secretariat, the company was able to organize swachh rallies to motivate people on cleanliness, source separation, home composting techniques and the use of cloth bags in place of plastic ones. Several GVMC officials said the operation of the waste-to-energy plant has helped improve the ranking.