Swachh shock: Bengaluru, Mysuru slip in ranking

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BENGALURU: The Swachh Survekshan 2018 results announced on Saturday by the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has come as a shocker for Karnataka: Bengaluru and Mysuru have slipped in the swachhata (cleanliness) rankings. Of 485 cities with over 1 lakh population that figured in the list, Bengaluru is 216th this year as against 210th in 2017. Mysuru is ranked 8th this year against 5th last year. In terms of state rankings, Karnataka is 14th – behind Andhra Pradesh (5th ), Telangana (7th ) and Tamil Nadu (13th ).

The ranking exercise, part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, was conducted between January 4 and March 10 and aimed at inculcating a spirit of healthy competition among cities to becoming clean cities. The parameters included segregation and processing of waste at source, sanitation, open defecation free status, financial sustainability of local bodies and adoption of innovations and best practices.

The survey was done by direct observation and citizen feedback, apart from monitoring progress in terms of service levels.

In the national rankings, only Mysuru and Mangaluru have made it to the Top 100 while Hospet got the 407th rank. “Bengaluru’s ranking has slipped further and that’s shocking,” an urban development official said.

The results have baffled the state’s urban development department officials.