Editorial, July 2017
The cleanliness of a city or town portrays the level of civic sense its citizens have. Cities like Chandigarh are amongst the most admired cities in north India, majorly because of their cleanliness. After two consecutive rejections of the Smart city proposal, Dehradun city was losing its aspiration to make it to the Smart city lists. But, the proposal accepted in June 2017, has again led us to imagine our small town growing into a giant and sustainable metro.
The conflict between saving the heritage and bringing new structures in place of existing ones has been the heat of the moment. But, one topic that still haunts me is the future of solid waste segregation in Dehradun city. As per the reports of 2015 and 2016, the city was at the lowest among the major cities across India. No matter how much Dehradun is known for its natural scenic beauty, the truth lies in the Swachh Bharat Indexing rankings. With about 20% votes and views from the residents of Dehradun, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has fallen disastrously in recent two years.
The unwilling steps of past’s governments, MLAs and MPs have led Dehra to an embarrassing moment to secure 314th rank among the 434 cities of India in Swachh Bharat Sarvekshan. With a high rate of open defecation observation by Swachh Bharat Sarvekshan Surveyors, the question firmly stands, whether the past governments from 2014-2016 were not willing to participate in Clean India Movement.
But, our confusion got even more deepened when Uttarakhand got declared as an “Open defecation free” State in June 2017. If the city of Dehradun is suffering from open defecation and solid waste management problems, then the reports by central and state government must be generated by orthodox methodology.
This issue provides a descriptive limelight on the prevailing problems in Dehradun city and in other districts of Uttarakhand. With a column dedicated to the drying lake of Nainital and dedicated research by our team on finding the loopholes in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and in socio-political aspects of this movement. The issue portrays aspects of becoming a smart city and role of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in making smart citizens.
This issue is the last monthly issue to be included in half yearly print Journal. The prints will be available in online stores from the first week of September.
(Editor – in – chief)