Chirala municipality has bagged Swachh Survekshan 2020 award instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) under sanitation management category. The other towns and cities from Andhra Pradesh that won the awards are Vijayawada (Krishna), Tirupati and Palamaner (Chittoor), and Atmakur and Mummidivaram (East Godavari).
Swachh Mahotsava ceremony, was conducted online on August 20 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the awards to the 12 winners.
Swachh Survekshan has been instituted by MoUD to foster a healthy competition between cities and towns for improving cleanliness standards. The survey is conducted by the Quality Council of India. The parameters considered for the survey include waste collection, transportation, municipal solid waste processing and disposal, open defecation-free status, education and behavioral change and capacity building programs.
Chirala has nearly 23,600 households with 1,00,000 population. It has 33 municipal wards with 272 sanitation workers and 24 ward secretariats. The municipality has successfully enforced a ban on use of plastic bags and encouraged decentralized composting to manage solid waste. It has also popularized ‘Waste to Wealth’ concept by setting up compost and vermicompost units.