In the national level Swachh Survekshan 2019 (Clean city ranking)
Tiruchi has been relegated to 39th position in the national level Swachh Survekshan 2019 (Clean city ranking) out of 4237 cities across the country but retains its top position in the State.
The city secured second position when the concept was introduced in 2015. It was rated third and sixth cleanest city in 2016 and 2017 respectively but it was pushed to 13th position in 2018.
It was expected that the city would regain its lost ground this year but it managed to be among the top 50 clean cities, according to the results declared by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on Wednesday. It has managed to retain as the cleanest among 26 cities in Tamil Nadu.
Out of 5,000 marks, Tiruchi scored 3,414.37, which was 1,245 less than Indore, which retained its number one position. In 2018, Tiruchi scored 356 marks less than Indore.
Tiruchi’s score is about 90% more than the national and state average, which stood at 1,846 and 1,578 marks respectively.
An analysis of the rankings revealed that Tiruchi scored well in direct observation and citizen feedback categories.
But it scored very poor in certification of available infrastructure. The score in service level progress category was modest.
Out of 1,250 marks allotted for direct observation and citizen feedback categories, the city managed to score 1028 and 1037 marks respectively.
But it scored 500 marks out of 1,250 marks for certification (documentation) category.
It means that the city has lost 750 marks in certification category.
Similarly, it managed to secure 849 marks out of 1250 marks allotted for service level progress category. The results have disappointed the citizens.
“We should have improved our ranking at least by one rank but we are down by 26 positions. It is time is for self introspection. When we have sufficient fund from Smart City Mission, the city should not have missed the opportunities in creating needed infrastructure as specified in the ranking methodology,” said H. Ghouse Baig, a civic activist.
“Despite of immense competition Tiruchi has scored well above national and state average in various categories. Each and every citizen should shoulder with the Corporation in its endeavour to improve its position on all aspects of civic disciplines,” said M.A. Aleem, one of the brand ambassadors for Swachh Survekshan activities of the Tiruchi Corporation.
While admitting that the ranking had come as a disappointment, N. Ravichandran, Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, said that the results and performance of the Corporation would be studied in detail.