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Mysore was ranked as the second cleanest city

More public toilets, storm-water drains

to be built

MYSORE: After Mysore earned the title of being the second cleanest city in the country among the 423 cities surveyed last year, the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) is focussing on getting the city to go green, so that it can earn a place among the healthiest cities (categorised green) to live in.

Mysore was classified in the blue category (recovering, but still diseased), ahead of Bangalore that has been placed in the black category (needing considerable improvement).

Points

Mysore, which is covered under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), secured 70.650 points to be adjudged the second cleanest city after Chandigarh, which earned 73.480 points. Bangalore, another JNNURM city, secured 53.637 points. Incidentally, Mysore is the only city in south India in the blue category.

It is first time that prominent Indian cities were rated on their sanitation standards and public health awareness. The ranking, which is part of the National Urban Sanitation Policy, is aimed at making cities and towns healthy and liveable.

“Our focus is to place the city in the green category complying with the parameters prescribed by the agencies,” MCC Commissioner K.S. Raykar told The Hindu. Expressing satisfaction over the national recognition and gratitude to the residents for supporting the MCC's initiatives, he said the recognition had increased the corporation's responsibilities.

“We shall focus on creating more land-fills, constructing public toilets and storm water drains, and take up slum development to eradicate open defecation,” he said. “Open defecation is not as rampant as it is in other cities.”

What counted

According to Mr. Raykar, the progress made in the aforementioned projects added weight. Other factors that worked in the city's favour were the underground drainage and the declining number of water-borne diseases.

The commissioner said that though the recognition did not bring financial benefits, it indirectly helped the city secure more projects for tourism development and others from the Centre.

He said the work on the land-fill on a 34-acre plot at the Sewage Farm was slated to begin in June and the requisite clearances from the Centre had already been secured. “Though we had plans of having the land-fill outside the city, we could not get adequate land,” the commissioner said.

Likewise, work on the construction of a housing complex with facilities such as water supply and drainage for slum-dwellers was almost ready; they will be able to shift soon,” he said.

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