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PCMC Among Top Ten India's Cleanest City and Pune Ranks 11th

The Swachh Survekshan 2016, conducted to check the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission of the Union government, has revealed a list of India's 10 cleanest cities. And, while Pimpri-Chinchwad made the cut, coming in ninth place, Pune, ranked at 11th, lost out.

Urban development minister, M Venkaiah Naidu announced the list on Monday. Karnataka's Mysuru bagged the first place, with Chandigarh coming second. Mumbai brought up the rear, coming in tenth.

The survey looked at 73 cities, each with a population of 10 lakh or more. The goal was to measure the impact Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission was having. The survey judged cities based on para meters like solid waste management, toilets, service delivery, infrastructure creation and behaviour change. Points were awarded for ensuring defecationfree towns, integrated solid waste managements, information, education and behaviour change communication, sweeping activities, door-todoor collection and transportation of solid waste, processing and disposal of solid waste, provision for public and community toilet seats and construction of individual toilets.

Revealing the twin cities' approach towards cleanliness, Pimpri-Chinchwad commissioner Rajiv Jadhav said, "We have improved our solid waste management by processing our garbage at the Moshi garbage depot. Besides this, the corporation is also trying to make Pimpri-Chinchwad entirely defecation free. We have built 1,000 toilets at individual houses here and are working on constructing 3,000 more toilets for those who have applied. By the end of 2016, we would have built 10,000 toilets."

He added, "As many as 2,000 open plots were cleaned last year to keep the city clean. These efforts were applauded by the Swachh Bharat Mission as well. I am thankful to the citizens of the twin cities for having given their support to the initiative."

In fact, the administration is now aiming to top the list when the next survey is conducted. "We have developed various plans and implemented them successfully. The team from Swachh Bharat that visited us one month ago was very satisfied with the development. We were always confident of featuring in the top 10," said mayor Shakuntala Dharade.

Listing the projects that helped PCMC enter the top 10, Sanjay Kulkarni, chief engineer, environment, said, "The mechanical composting plant at Moshi processes 500 tonnes of garbage daily. A vermin compost plant handles 30 tonnes daily. Fourteen acres of sanitary land are being filled while we have capped 12 acres of landfill using plantation. Creation of energy through plastic plans is another achievement."

Applauding the achievement, Avinash Madhale from the Centre for Environment Protection, an organisation helping PCMC create its solid waste management policy, said, "Being featured on this list will help the corporation increase its standard and build a sustainable solid waste management policy. The civic body has outsourced waste collection and disposal to private contractors and the city looks cleaner now. Residents too would be encouraged not to litter."

"It's a proud moment for the city as we have been declared the cleanest city in Maharashtra. Though we were rejected at the Smart City project, we could achieve this, thanks to the efforts made by officials and residents. The survey was carried out successfully and everything is transparent," said Amol Deshpande, convener of the Pimpri-Chinchwad Citizens' Forum.

Source: Pune Mirror, 16th Feb 2016

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