A private agency to help Patna Municipal Corporation keep the city clean | Patna News
PATNA: In an effort to improve the city’s ranking in the Swachh Survekshan 2023, the Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) decided to use a private agency for project documentation and planning. The agency will work on improving the state of sanitation, the provision of civic services, citizen participation, in addition to raising awareness among residents.
According to PMC officials, the bidding process has been launched to hire the agency and so far three companies have expressed interest. The private agency will be selected within a week and will be entrusted with the task of preparing plans and ensuring its execution to improve the overall ranking of Patna in the Swachh Survekshan by working on all the parameters highlighted by the Center.
The PMC started the preparation after receiving directives from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. “Little changes were made to the scoring model and more weight was given to plastic waste management, separation of door-to-door waste collection and availability of public toilets. This year , cities across the country will be judged on 9,500 marks against the last 7,500 years in survekshan,” a PMC official said.
City Commissioner Animesh Kumar Parachar told TOI, “In cities like Indore, planning, monitoring and awareness work in Swachh Survekshan is done by professionals and development partners. which we engage a private agency.”
The civic body is also working with UNICEF, UNFPA Bihar and the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB) to raise awareness about waste management, including plastic waste.
On the enforcement front, the PMC fined around 4,000 people in July and 30 quintals of plastic items were seized. It also installed two reverse vending machines at Boring Road Crossing and Maurya Lok Complex to dispose of plastic waste at the materials recycling facility at Gardanibagh secondary rubbish point.