Mysuru-swachh-survekshan-2019This year, Mysuru was also certified as Open Defecation Free Plus and received a 5-star rating under ‘Garbage Free City Protocol’.

New Delhi: “This year’s achievement is entirely dedicated to the citizens of Mysuru, as it is only because of their participation that we have managed to score third rank nationally,” Dr. T. C. Poornima, Deputy Director, Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP) told NDTV while talking about Mysuru’s performance in Swachh Survekshan 2019. This year the city has shown significant improvement from rank 8 in last year to rank 3 in Swachh Survekshan 2019 nationally.

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This year, Mysuru was also certified as Open Defecation Free Plus, which mainly means not a single person was found defecating or urinating in the open, as well as all community and public toilets are functional and well maintained. The city also received a 5-star rating under ‘Garbage Free City Protocol’. Under the 5-star rating, protocols like source segregation, plastic ban, scientific waste processing, and landfilling plus construction and demolition waste needs to be managed effectively. Dr. Poornima explains that the city has a strict focus towards ‘Solid Waste Management’.

Dr. Poornima credits citizen participation and the local campaign Swachhta Action Plan, for the increase in general increase in awareness levels. She said,

Swachhta Action Plan encouraged people on a large scale to maintain cleanliness and vote for their city with the help of hoardings, paintings, banners, and writings in most commercial and public areas.

Dr. Poornima also credited Mysuru City Corporation for their efforts in ensuring proper cleanliness across the city. She said that Mysuru has implemented 100 per cent door to door garbage collection, which ensures 100 per cent segregation at source as well as encourages the citizens to not litter in public and vote for their city in the cleanliness survey.

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When it comes to the toilets’ accessibility, all the community and public toilets in the city have been tagged on Google Maps and maintain cleanliness throughout the day. Further talking about sanitation in the city, Dr. Poornima said that all the 65 wards are free from the practice of open defecation.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

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