Source: Government of India
Headline: Haldia Port Tops the List in The First Ever Ranking of Ports on Sanitation Parameters
All 193 lighthouses across India solarized
For the first time ever, the twelve major ports under the Ministry
of Shipping have been ranked on
sanitation parameters, based on the efforts undertaken by them to counter waste
generating sources with respect to port operation, office area, township area
and the response to incoming ships. The assessment methodology included
official interview, direct observation by the designated team from Quality
Council of India and stakeholder’s interaction. The exercise was undertaken
during the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ observed from the 16th
to 31st of March 2017. Quality
Council of India (QCI) was tasked to assess the Swachhata activities undertaken
by all the Ports. While Haldia and Vizag ports bagged the first and second ranks
respectively, almost all ports have achieved the benchmark for cleanliness or
are well above it.
The ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ was a major sanitation and cleanliness
campaign launched by the Hon’ble Minister of Shipping, Sh. Nitin Gadakari on
the 16th of March 2017 at the Shipping House in Mumbai, and
observed by all the twelve major ports, five
PSEs and seven attached offices/organizations of the Ministry of Shipping. This was a culmination of one year of
activities undertaken to promote the vision ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ launched by
Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi on 2nd October 2014.
The ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ not only
emphasized cleanliness and sanitation but brought the focus on the setting up
of ‘Green Ports’ for sustainable, environment friendly, long term development
of ports. The emphasis is on state-of-the art planning and implementation of an
Environmental Management and Monitoring Plan or the ‘Green Plan’ in all Ports.
This will be benchmarked to international standards, conventions and
parameters. A consultant of repute has been appointed for this on 30th
Approximately 42,000 employees of all organizations under
the ministry participated in this cleanliness drive to make this a success.
Better organizational and employee discipline to promote a drive against
spitting and spilling of plastics & wastes was observed during the campaign.
All 193 lighthouses across India have been solarized and this mega
drive culminated during the ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’. Clean and green energy is now
used by the lighthouses, which generate 1.4 MW/hr of clean energy. Besides this
an ambitious target of generating 100 MW of solar energy has been set up for
the twelve major ports against which 23 MW was achieved by March 31, 2017.
Special awareness campaigns for cleaning
of work place, tidying up of the office and port premises, tree plantation and
beautification drives were undertaken at all Ports and other Organizations.
A common agenda was planned and
implemented by all organizations to provide impetus to the program. This
included renovations of rooms and toilets, cleaning of wharfs and sheds, repair of sheds, auction
and disposal of all unserviceable items and unclaimed goods, painting
with uniform colour code (unique to a Port) of all signages and boards,
beautification and cleaning of parks, covering tiles, modernizing all
toilet complexes , placing dust bins at regular intervals, boards – indicating
cleanliness messages – dos & don’ts, painting, whitewashing all office
buildings and residences with proper colour, proper keeping of files,
records, dak pads and other important papers in the office/work places,
cleaning and painting of statues, cleaning & repairing of all drainages and
storm water system, plantation in open area, avenues and corners. Awards were
given to departments or officers whose area/jurisdiction was found to be the
most neat & clean.
Regular training was also
imparted to staff to generate awareness and inculcate the importance of a clean
Special emphasis was laid on
use of technology to maintain cleanliness and hygiene at ports and the
organisations under the Ministry of Shipping. Use of solid and liquid waste
management, modernisation of toilets in all complexes under the Ministry,
acquisition of Dust Suppression System, equipments for monitoring environmental
pollution at ports , usage of bio-diesel are some of the highlights.
The campaign gave very encouraging
results wherein 538 toilets and 265 office rooms were renovated; a total of
195.8 KM roads were repaired across Major Ports and others Organisations.
63696.32 tonnes of trash was disposed. Under the program of greening of Ports
and office spaces, 65,498 new trees were planted.
The Swachhata drive was
taken up in the main Secretariat of the Ministry of Shipping to renovate office
rooms and toilet blocks. Renovation of 4 sections has been completed and orders
have been issued for all others. Provision of pure and clean drinking water to
all has been ensured. About 10,000 files have been scanned/weeded out and more
than 300 old pieces of furniture and equipment have been listed for disposal.
The Ports and the attached
offices/organizations under the Ministry responded extremely well to this mega
cleanliness drive and all have met acceptable level of sanitation requirement.
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