Swach Bharat Mission: No JK City In India's Cleanest 100
8 August 2015
: In a major embarrassment to JK, none of the cities of the state has found place in the list of top 100 performing best under Swach Bharat Mission (SBM). A survey conducted by Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, for the year 2014-15, reveals that cities in JK were performing poorly under the centrally sponsored scheme. A total of 476 cities of the country were surveyed and ranking was based on the extent of open defecation and solid waste management practices in these cities. Srinagar has been ranked 152nd, whereas Jammu found a place in the bottom of the list with ranking 427. Officials said that more than 1.2 million households in Jammu and Kashmir are without toilets. Further, according to a survey conducted by Government of India earlier, J&K did not use about 96% of the money granted by New Delhi on sanitation programme for the year 2014-15. The state, as per the reports, used only Rs 4.66 crore of Rs 121.52 crore sanctioned by the GoI. The survey reports stated that the city of Mysore leads the cities with minimal open defecation and extensive adoption of solid waste management practices. The top 10 ranked cities are Mysore, Thiruchirapalli, Navi Mumbai, Kochi, Hassan, Mandya, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Halisahar and Gangtok, in that order. Damoh (Madhya Pradesh) came at the bottom of 476 cities, preceded by Bhind (MP), Palwal and Bhiwani, both in Haryana, Chittaurgarh (Rajasthan), Bulandshahar (UP), Neemuch (MP), Rewari (Haryana), Hindaun (Rajasthan) and Sambalpur in Odisha at 467th rank. Several attempts were made to contact Dy CM Dr. Nirmal Singh and Muhammad Ashraf Mir, Minister of State (MoS) for Housing and Urban Development, but they were not available to comment.