Swachh Survekshan 2020: Focus on wastewater treatment

Swachh Survekshan 2020: Focus on wastewater treatment

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New Delhi, June 6: Parameters pertaining to wastewater treatment and reuse and fecal sludge management have been given special focus in the Swachh Survekshan 2020 (SS 2020) League, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri said here on Thursday.

Launching the SS 2020 League, Puri said there will be a quarterly cleanliness assessment of cities and towns in India.
This will be integrated with Swachh Survekshan 2020, the 5th edition of the annual cleanliness survey of urban India to be conducted from January – February 2020 by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban (SBM-U).

Speaking on the need for a quarterly evaluation mechanism, Puri said, 'Every year, the Swachh Survekshan is redesigned innovatively, to ensure that the process becomes more and more robust, with focus on sustaining the changed behaviours. However, one concern that was commonly voiced was that cities cleaned themselves up just before a survey and slipped down after that. This year, therefore, we are launching the ‘Continuous Survekshan’ – the SS 2020 League, where cleanliness assessments will happen throughout the year – similar to the continuous assessments that are followed in schools and colleges – and feed into the larger annual survey in January 2020'.

SS League 2020 has been introduced with the objective of sustaining the onground performance of cities along with continuous monitoring of service level performance when it comes to cleanliness.