Punjab retains top spot in North Zone - ECAS Punjab

Punjab retains top spot in North Zone

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 20

Moving up a notch, Punjab has been placed sixth in the country in this year's Swachh Survekshan. Punjab's national ranking last year was 7 — a major improvement from 2017 when it was among the 10 bottom states.

CM lauds residents

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh hailed the state's efforts in improving the overall ranking in the Swachh Survekshan. Terming it an outcome of large-scale citizen participation, he credited the achievements to the behaviour change campaign and trained manpower.

At the same time, the state, for the third consecutive year, has retained the top spot in the North Zone, which comprises Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

Other achievements

  • The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has been selected among the best big cities in innovation and practices category
  • Jalandhar Cantonment has been placed first in the country in the cantonment boards category
  • The Nawanshahr Municipal Council has been ranked fourth among the cleanest cities in North Zone
  • Special Chief Secretary, Local Government, Satish Chandra said in comparison to the 2017's baseline survey, 12 Punjab cities with over 1 lakh population had improved their rankings

The Swachh Survekshan 2020 was conducted at the national level in 4,242 urban local bodies by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs from January 4 to 31. It was conducted to assess cleanliness i.e. the management of solid waste, ODF status, including citizen feedback and involvement.

Another achievement of the state in the national cleanliness survey is the selection of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation among the best big cities in innovation and practices category and the Nawanshahr Municipal Council, ranked fourth among the cleanest cities in the North Zone, scoring a hat-trick by retaining the first position in cleanliness in the population category in the North Zone, said Local Government Minister Brahm Mohindra.

Special Chief Secretary, Local Government, Satish Chandra said in comparison to the 2017's baseline survey, 12 of 16 Punjab cities with more than 1 lakh population had improved their rankings. Not only this, in the zonal ranking for smaller cities, of the total 1,009 urban local bodies in three different categories, 59 had figured in top 100 in their respective categories.

Meanwhile, Mission Director Ajoy Sharma said the innovations made by Punjab had led the municipal councils of Nawanshahr, Mansa and Ferozepur emerge as low-cost decentralised models of solid waste management. The municipal councils of Nawanshahr, Mandi Gobindgarh and the Hoshiarpur Municipal Corporation had emerged as the model of low-cost legacy waste remediation, he said.



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