Chennai: A year after the Greater Chennai suffered a forgettable poor run in the Swachh Sarvekshan rankings, the deputy commissioner (health) of Greater Chennai Corporation, P. Madhusudhan Reddy, expressed optimism of securing top rankings this year.
“The Swachh Sarvekshan team had visited Chennai and conducted field studies at various parts of the city. They also received feedback from the public. This time we will get tops ranks as we have carried out more activities,” Madhusudhan Reddy said in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan awareness event, in which Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit presided over.
Greater Chennai Corporation, field publicity office and Loyola College organized the event on Monday, where Chennai Corporation school students and college students had been sensitized about Chennai’s solid waste management initiatives.
Reddy also told students that Chennai Corporation has streamlined its strategy towards reduce, recycle and reuse in managing solid wastes. “With 5,500 tons of garbage collected every day, the civic body has been operating decentralize source segregation plants, biomethanization plants and other compost plants,” he added.
Addressing students, Governor Banwarilal Purohit said that as many as 17 districts in Tamil Nadu had been announced open defecation free. “Last year Trichy, Coimbatore and Erode had featured among top 50 cities in Swachh Sarvekshan rankings. We should involve all the citizens to make Tamil Nadu a leader in Swachh Bharat campaign,” he said. In 2017, Chennai had been ridiculed for its poor performance in Swachh Sarvekshan rankings.
The city had scored just 916 points out of 2000 and secured 235th rank among 434 cities and towns in the country.