Bangalore Swachh Ranking doesn’t look all good. However, the Swachh Survekshan ranking 2020 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs brought good news and bad news for Bengaluru.
First, the good news – Bengaluru was named the best self-sustainable city with a population above 40 lakh and it got the ODF++ rating.
The not-so-good news – Bengaluru’s overall ranking dropped from 194 to 214, a 20 position drop. This ranking was conducted across 4,242 cities.
Bangalore Swachh Ranking – National Ranking Scores
Bengaluru scored a total of 2,656.82 points out of 6,000 points. In terms of service level progress, the city scored 703.91 points out of 1,500.
It received a certification score of 500 out of 1,500 and a direct observation score of 702.44 out of 1,500. In terms of citizen feedback, the city scored 750.44 out of 1,500 points.
Bengaluru’s Service Level Progress
To assess a city’s service level progress, a score is calculated for 3 quarters and then averaged. Out of a total of 2000 points, Bengaluru scored 1186.08 points.
|Collection and transportation||373.58 (500)|
|Processing and disposal||397.83 (700)|
|Sustainable sanitation||220 (500)|
|IEC behavior change||119.67 (160)|
|Capacity building||30 (60)|
|Innovation and best practices||45 (80)|
Bangalore Swachh Ranking – Direct Observation Score
Out of a total score of 1500 marks, Bengaluru scored 702.44 points. The main criteria considered for this scoring include:
- Cleanliness of residential and commercial areas
- Clean and user-friendly CT/PT
- Promptly displaying SBM messages
- Cleanliness of fruit, vegetable and meat markets
- Artwork and beautification of public spaces, slums and flyover
In two categories – promptly displaying SBM messages and artwork, the city did not score even a single point.
|Cleanliness of residential and commercial areas||204 (240)|
|Clean and user-friendly CT/PT||110 (270|
|Promptly displaying SBM messages||0 (125)|
|Cleanliness of fruit, vegetable and meat markets||70.24 (150)|
|Clean catchment area of transportation hubs||66 (150)|
|Beautification of public spaces, slums and flyover||93.66 (200)|
|Dust reduction||58.54 (125|
|Zero tolerance on encroachment on water bodies and SWD||100 (120)|
Bengaluru’s Citizen Feedback Score
This score reflects what citizens of the city have had to say about waste management in their neighborhood and city. Face-to-face citizen feedback gave the city a score of 561.3 out of 880 points. There was also a poor response to complaints on the Swachhata app as the city scored only 0.45 out of 400 points.
Other Cities In Karnataka
Mysore found a place in the top 10 cleanest cities of India at the 5th position. In comparison only to medium-sized cities, Mysore ranked first across the country.
Bangalore Swachh Ranking Why The Drop?
There are multiple reasons why the BBMP says the city’s rating has dropped. According to some senior officials, the results show the results of Corporators, the commissioner and mayor having different aims and the lack of a clear policy on waste management.
Other officials claim that this drop in ranking has been because of infrastructural reasons such as insufficient dustbins in commercial places, absence of GPS tracking in all garbage collecting vehicles and lack of tenders for waste management.
They also claimed that citizen participation was only half of what had been expected. At individual event levels and festivals, garbage management has been good but the overall quality of waste management has been very poor. The quality of garbage segregation has also dropped by over 50%.
Bengaluru’s inability to handle its legacy waste is another major contributor. Bengaluru has over 40 lakh tonnes of legacy waste and does not know how to handle it.
Though cement industries are willing to use this waste for energy generation, the corporation does not want to fund its transportation and hence the situation hangs in limbo.