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Govt to announce launch of cleanliness survey for next yr

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government will announce the launch of a cleanliness survey to be conducted next year as part of the (Urban) later this week, according to an official statement.

The Swachh Survekshan 2019 is proposed to be conducted from January 4 to 31, which would encourage "large scale" citizen participation ensuring sustainability of initiatives taken towards garbage-free and open defecation-free cities.

According to the statement issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the survey will provide "credible outcomes" which will be validated by third party certification.

It stated that Housing and will launch the survey involving ODF plus and ODF Plus Plus Protocol.

It also stated that the SBM ODF Plus and that are planned to be launched are geared towards this objective.

"While the focuses on sustaining community/pubic toilet usage by ensuring their functionality, cleanliness and maintenance, the SBM ODF Plus Plus will focus on achieving sustainability by addressing complete value chain, including safe containment, processing and disposal of fecal sludge and septage," it stated.

Besides, the 'Ease of Living Index' will also be launched along with an 'Ease of Living Index' dashboard.

"Apart from presenting the overall national ranking of 111 cities, the dashboard will present ranking of the cities across pillars, category, geographical zone and population classifications," it added.

"The Ease of Living assessment standards are closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will provide a strong impetus to India's effort for systematic tracking progress of SDGs in the urban areas," it also added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 21:40 IST