Municipalities ramp up online efforts to promote on-ground action for Swacch Survekshan 2021

Determined to raise their scores in Swacch Survekshan 2021 (SS-21), various municipalities across the country are actively promoting their waste management efforts through various IEC (Information, Education, Communication) initiatives in the city and via social media.

Significant weightage (1800 marks) is given to citizen feedback and engagement as part of the survey, along with other criteria. Citizens are required to participate and vote to improve their respective cities’ ranking. This year, the last date for citizen-voting and feedback is March 31. As per the Swacch Survekshan website, a total of 1,16,85,806 feedbacks have been submitted to date (ie: 20 Jan 2021 10:24 AM). 

Earlier today, Noida Authority shared a video via Twitter and Facebook explaining how citizens can cast their vote for the city. Meanwhile, BBMP Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Mr Randeep D, made a personal appeal to his fellow citizens via Twitter. “As a resident of this city, I request you and your family members to give your valuable feedback for BBMP for Swachh Survekshan 2021. Please click on the web portal link ( on your mobile phone or download the Google Play Store application (SS2021 VoteForYourCity) to vote,’’ he wrote.

The BBMP also posts regular updates from its SWM Performance Monitoring Dashboard to track SWM performance on five different parameters in all eight zones of the municipality. The table below shows the zone-wise percentage variation in waste generated in Bengaluru between January 1 to 11. “With continued efforts on-ground to enforce segregation at source by SWM-BBMP, initial reports of Jan 2021 month indicate 23% increase in wet waste collection and 3% reduction in mixed waste; as compared to Dec 2020,” tweeted Mr Randeep earlier this week.

Picture Credit: Screenshot of BBMP’s Twitter handle

Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitation in cities and towns across India. It was launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2016. Each quarter, ULBs are required to provide service-level progress through extensive documentation that needs to be uploaded on an allotted government platform.

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