Source: News Bharati English18 Jul 2016 17:07:12

New Delhi, July 18: In a survey conducted by New Delhi-based research and advocacy organization, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), it was found that Aizawl, Gangtok and Agartala, the capital cities of the three Northeastern states of Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura have found their place among the 10 cleanest cities of the country.Also, the study revealed that the top three cleanest cities of the country as per the CSE survey are Alappuzha in Kerela, Panaji in Goa and Mysuru in Karnataka. These cities which have a “municipal waste management systems that actually work” is followed by Bobbili in Andhra Pradesh in the fourth place. Mizoram’s capital Aizawl was placed in the fifth rank and was followed by Pune, Surat and Suryapet town in Telengana. Gangtok and Agartala occupied the ninth and 10th rank respectively.

CSE Director General Sunita Narain said that even though Aizawl looks clean, it requires proper waste management systems. She observed that waste management cannot happen without waste segregation. She also informed that the first four rank holder cities collects, segregate and processes waste while the 5th to 8th ranking cities only collects and partially segregates but does not treat waste. 9th to 14th ranked cities only collects but does no segregation and processing, news agency The North East today reported.

According to news agaMunicipal commissioners and people of Alappuzha, Panaji and Mysuru were recently awarded by Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu during the launch of CSE’s book ‘Not in My Backyard: Solid Waste Management in Indian Cities’ in Delhi as “clean cities for their best practices in solid waste management like zero landfills, segregation of waste at source and decentralised waste management.” The book attempts to understand the state of solid waste management in India, the numbers behind it, the gaps that exist and the path towards harnessing the opportunities.