The winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir has secured 212th position in this year’s Swachh Survekshan at the national level. This marks a jump of 39 ranks from what the city had secured last year, an official confirmed. The survey was based on the assessment of progress from January to December last year, under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U).
"The Jammu city scored 2025.81 marks out of 4,000 which is above the state and national average marks. Jammu city secured 1,068 marks in direct observation which is also above state and national average marks and 817.18 marks in citizen feedback which is above the state average marks," a spokesperson said. “The city secured highest marks among all the urban local bodies of the state”, he added.
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry conducted a cleanliness survey as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, in which 500 cities with population of more than 1 lakh were ranked on national level. 3541 cities with less than 1 lakh population were also ranked on state and regional level, as a part of the survey.
The survey aims to encourage large-scale citizen participation and to create awareness among all sections of the society, over the relevance of working together to improve the condition of towns and cities. It also intends to foster the spirit of a healthy competition among people towards creating cleaner cities.
Appreciating the ranking, the Commissioner of Jammu Municipal Corporation Ramesh Kumar stressed on making more efforts to get the civic body in top 10 rankings. He has also instructed the wings to take steps for sanitation improvement. "It is the result of hard work and attention given by the officers and field staff of the Jammu Municipal Corporation," he said.