Mysuru is India's cleanest city, again

Seetha Gopalakrishnan
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 09:32
Swachh Sarvekshan results revealed: Mysuru is India's cleanest city, again
The Swachh Survekshan that set out to assess the cleanliness and hygiene levels in cities across India has declared Mysuru, Chandigarh and Ttiruchirapalli to be the cleanest in India. Jharkhand’s Dhanbad has been declared as the dirtiest in the country, followed by Asansol and Iitanagar. The survey also revealed the fact that cities in the South and East of India fared much better than those in West and North India. The survey set out to assess and measure the impacts of the Swachh Bharat Mission in 73 cities across the country with a population of over 10 lakhs. 
 
Centre plans to divide Swachh Bharat campaign responsibilities among all of the 53 union ministries
To improve Swachh Bharat's impact, the Centre has planned to divide campaign responsibilities among all of the 53 union ministries. It has been decided that every Ministry will be made in charge of campaign publicity for two weeks in a year and made in charge of organising around 200 events across the country. Activities of all the Ministries will be monitored and the best performer will be felicitated at the end of the year. 
 
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to set up biogas units in all wards to process wet waste
In a bid to ameliorate Bengaluru’s solid waste crisis, the BBMP has decided to set up local, decentralised biogas plants at the ward level to process the city’s wet waste. At present, the city generates close to 2,500 tonnes of wet waste a day out of which only 1,800 tonnes of waste is being processed by the existing facilities. The decentralised biogas plants are expected to fill this gap and reduce the overall solid waste burden.
 
West Bengal and Tamil Nadu utilise Rs 150 crore from the Swachh Bharat funds for setting up waste management facilities
Tamil Nadu and West Bengal governments have taken concrete steps to improve the solid waste management situation in their states by setting up waste to energy plants and compactors in cities and smaller towns. Cities in India generate close to 170 million tonnes of solid waste yearly, putting heavy pressure on the administration to deal with them in an environmentally sustainable manner. The Swachh Bharat Mission has allocated Rs 37,000 crore towards improving solid waste management out of the overall mission budget of Rs. 62,009 crore. 
 
Experts warn against more landfills in Mumbai
Mumbai’s waste management strategy has come under the scanner after the Deonar dump yard fire with experts raising doubts about the current plans and processes. Experts feel that the city needs a viable source segregation and solid waste management. Rising cost of transporting waste from various parts of the city to centralised dump yards have strained the Corporation’s coffers with the transportation and management budget jumping from Rs 1,413 crore in 2012-2013 to an estimated Rs 2,852 crore for 2016-17.
 
This is a roundup of important sanitation related news published between February 14 and 20, 2016

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