Tiruchy elated at high Swachh rank

Ravichandran told DC that the growing temple town has already attained the first and second places.

TIRUCHY: With Tiruchirappalli being ranked sixth in the all-India ranking of cities under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission this year, the city municipal commissioner, N. Ravichandran was elated here on Thursday.

“I am quite happy for being adjudged the sixth place in the survey — ‘Swachh Survekshan 2017’ — was carried out by the Quality Council of India (QCI) across 434 cities in the country, and I thank all my colleagues working in the city corporation and the citizens for their cooperation,” said the commissioner.

Ravichandran told DC that the growing temple town has already attained the first and second places for a similar award when there were 73 cities in the race. “Now there are 434 cities in the race in which we finished 6th place,” he added.

Ravichandran said the QCI had fixed 2000 marks for them in three categories of the survey namely, documentation, field inspection by officials of the QCI and citizens feedback and they secured 1,715 marks out of 2,000. It is just a gap of 100 marks between Tiruchy and Indore, which has been adjudged the first place this year, he added. He hoped that they would work even harder to be among the top three in the coming years. K.C. Neelamegam, secretary of ‘Thanneer’ organisation expressed happiness at Tiruchy’s ranking and said the corporation authorities should ensure it took the first place.

M.Sekaran, president of the Federation of consumer and Service Organisations congratulated the corporation officials including its commissioner N. Ravichandran for taking Tiruchy to being among the top ten among 434 cities in the country. R. Venkatesan, wholesale pharmaceutical dealer Thillai Nagar, Tiruchy, Ranganathan, a trader of Thirivanaikovil, Tiruchy, also welcomed and congratulated Tiruchy corporation authorities for its latest ‘Swachh Bharat’ ranking.

Madurai stands 57th on list
The Madurai City Corporation ranks 57 in Swachh Survekshan (Smart Cites Mission) ranking released for cities and towns in Tamil Nadu on Thursday.

Madurai ranked 26 among 75 cities selected in the round of the Smart Cities Mission last year and the corporation has performed better in the second round by securing rank no. 57 among 434 cities. “Though we have performed better securing 57th rank in the second round, we will strive hard to achieve ranks within top ten cities in the next year,” city corporation commissioner Sandeep Nanduri told DC. Banning use of plastic bags around Meenakshi Amman temple, announcing 56 wards as open defecation free, appointment of more sanitation works and sanitation police to streamline the garbage disposal helped the corporation to achieve this rank, he said. The e-governance initiatives, including the introduction of online grievance redressal system, also favoured the corporation. “To achieve the top rank in the third round, we will make Madurai open defecation free very soon,” said the commissioner.

Under area based development project, the commissioner heritage preservation, enhancement, visitor’s amenities and tourism infrastructure, IT integration are being planned.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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