## After Swachh Survekshan results, SMC starts night sanitation in Srinagar ##
A week after Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar city was ranked 36th among cleanest cities across India under the Swachh Survekshan Survey 2020, the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) started night sanitation across the city to avoid the accumulation of solid waste amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying that it will be carried in all major wards of the city.
SMC’s Chief Sanitation Officer, Mudasir Ahmad Banday said that from September 2, SMC has started night sanitation across major wards of Srinagar.
“In the majority of the areas in Srinagar, hotels, restaurants, chicken and meat sellers, commercial complexes, Dhabas, and other eatery shop owners used to dump their solid waste along the road, causing inconvenience to people,” he said.
Banday said in order to avoid such things and keep the city clean, SMC has started the sanitation program and sanitation employees are working in shift wise roasters.
“It will also include lifting of garbage from vulnerable temporary garbage points in the city and shift as well. The move is aimed to make Srinagar one of the cleanest cities in India,” he said.
Banday appealed to the citizens to cooperate with them in making Srinagar clean, green, and garbage-free.
Another official at SMC said for starting night sanitation, the corporation will provide proper incentives to the sanitation and transport staff.
“The night sanitation will be done in vulnerable temporary garbage points in Srinagar. Even twin shits will be done at all other garbage spots where garbage is being accumulated in huge quantity during the time,” the official said.
On August 22, Srinagar was ranked 36th among the cleanest cities in India under the Swachh Survekshan 2020 with 2905.58 marks out of 4000.
The survey focused on collection of segregated waste and maintenance until processing site, treatment, and reuse of wastewater, curtailing solid waste-based air pollution, among other factors. In 2019, the city had secured 357th rank in Swachh Survekshan while Jammu had secured 318 respectively.