Almond blossoms in Badamwari Srinagar
File Photo | Almond blossoms in Badamwari Srinagar

SRINAGAR — For the second time in a row, Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar city under the Centre’s Swachh Survekshan 2021 award on November 20 has been ranked in Top 50 Cities of the country.

An official told Srinagar based news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that Srinagar city bagged 12th rank in Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge 2021 and President Ram Nath Kovind presented the awards at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on on Saturday.

He said as many as 4,320 cities participated in the 2021 edition of the survey. The President congratulated the people of the country, saying there has been a massive change in the thought process towards cleanliness.

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He further said, “The survey is carried out by the Quality Council of India, which in 2020 covered 4242 cities and towns. It includes over five lakh ULB Document Evidence captured, over 24 lakh Geotagged Photos captured from field and feedback from 1.9 crore people.”

Survey in 2021 was weighted on 6000 points. The criteria and weightages for different components of sanitation related aspects used for the survey were Service Level Progress – 1300 marks, Citizen Feedback – 1500 marks, Direct Observation – 1500 marks, GFC (SWM) – 1,000 Marks; ODF/ODF+ / ODF++ – 500 Marks, Average ranking of Quarterly Assessments (April 2019 to June 2019, July 2019 to September 2019, October 2019 to December 2019) – 200 Marks etc.

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