Mysuru: After Mysuru city, which was crowned the cleanest city in the country for two consecutive terms, slid to fifth position in the latest Swachch Sarvekshan taken up by the Union Government, Mysuru city corporation is not leaving any stone unturned for the next survey to be taken up in January, to ensure the City of Palaces does not miss the rank again.
Civic authorities led by Mysuru mayor Mr M.J. Ravikumar and MCC Commissioner Mr G Jagdish held a meeting with ambassadors of the MCC’s ‘Clean City’ mission, including Mysuru Rajamatha Ms Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, former cricketer Javagal Srinath and yet another new ambassador, yoga champion Khushi (who has entered the Guinness book of world records recently) at the Mysuru Palace on Sunday.
The MCC’s chief health officer, Dr H Ramachandra told Deccan Chronicle, “We are focussing on the criteria where we had lost points last year. We lost major points in citizen participation. Citizens must participate in the process to regain the tag of cleanest city, by taking photos of uncleared garbage and sending it to Swachchatha app, apart from segregating solid and wet waste at source at individual households. The ambassadors will create awareness on citizen participation,” he said
He added, “We have already constructed 440 individual toilets at the households which did not have one, 30 more will be constructed. And there are sufficient public toilets as per the population.” The city generates 402 tonnes of solid waste every day and the existing solid waste plant has the capacity to convert 200 tonnes into compost. The rest gets dumped at the landfill at Vidyaranyapuram, which already has 1,59,000 tonnes of solid waste spreading a bad odour in areas in the vicinity.