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J&K fares poor on cleanliness: Survey

Putting a question mark on the functioning of the civic bodies, Jammu and Kashmir has obtained 21st rank in cleanliness in an India-wide survey 2018.

The survey was conducted by the ministry of housing and urban affairs under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission.Jammu and Kashmir State has figured at rank 21 among the 31 states and the union territories surveyed by the ministry. Jharkhand figures on the top while Tripura falls on the bottom.

Within J&K, Jammu city has secured highest marks among all the urban local bodies followed by Srinagar city.

“Jammu city has jumped 39 notches up to rank 212 at the national level. Previously the city had ranked at 251 in Swachh Survekshan 2017,” the survey reveals. Srinagar has bagged 284th rank among 4203 participant cities and towns.

In 2017, the survey ranked Srinagar at 241st position in the list of cleanliest cities in India, while as the winter capital Jammu stood 251st. This year, the Jammu has marched over Srinagar by 72 ranks.

In 2017, only 434 cities had participated in the survey, while as this year the number of participant cities and towns was 4203.

The central government survey puts Anantnag at 349 rank, Tangmarg 353 and Ganderbal at 442. In 2017, Anantnag was cleaner than Jammu and Srinagar cities in terms of sanitation as it ranked at 197 position.

Among the cantonment boards, Badamibagh cantonment has bagged 57th rank and Jammu cantonment 58.

While Indore has been declared the cleanest city in India, Bhopal and Chandigarh emerged as the second and third cleanest cities respectively.

Every city was given points out of 4000 marks. The biggest source of obtaining the points was ‘public participation’.

“The Jammu obtained more points in public participation. In Srinagar, the internet services were snapped during the time when we general public was asked to provide feedback and suggestions on SMC’s official portal,” said an official, who wished not to be named.

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