Funding Issues in Swachh Bharat Plan

Swachh-Bharat-Plan‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ the grand plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi might hit operational blocks if municipal administrators are to be believed.

On Monday Municipal commissioners, who attended a day-long workshop on urban governance they could implement the objectives of the mission at all since many pertinent and long-standing issues required huge efforts and funding?

B. Janardan Reddy, commissioner and director of Municipal Administration of Telangana said that “Scientific land-filling is not being done. Municipalities cannot meet the huge financial burden for it. Unlike in other countries, solid waste segregation is not being done at homes. The waste management is also big problem. The municipalities have no mechanical devices to take up any work. Staff incompetence is another problem”.

In meeting he pointed out that for construction of an individual toilet Rs 4,000 had been given but the actual cost of construction will be around Rs 25,000.“Moreover, in rural areas the incentive is Rs 9,000. Why urban areas are discriminated against?” he said. However, Neeraj Mandloi, urban development official, ruled out enhancing the amount and said that beneficiaries should bear the costs.

Commissioners from Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation and from of Coimbatore made it clear that this Mission cannot be a success without addressing core issues like these.

Medaram Jathara

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