Many of us used to debate about which is the cleanest city in India. With the Centre for Science & Environment (CSE) coming out with its ‘Clean City’ rankings all debates have been put to rest. According to the list, Alappuzha, Panaji and Mysuru have stood on top of CSE’s Clean City rankings in 2016.
CSE has ranked these three cities along with 11 others based on their solid municipal waste management procedures. The country’s capital Delhi stands at the bottom of the list along with Chandigarh and Bengaluru. Pune is the only large metro city to feature in the top 10 ranking.
Alappuzha, Panaji and Mysuru, the top three clean cities, not only collect and segregate waste but also process it through biodegradation or recycling. The fifth to eighth ranking cities only collect and partially segregate but have no treatment facilities, while ninth to 14th ranked cities only collect waste and dump them in landfills.
CSE’s survey is different from the survey that was done by the Ministry of Urban Development earlier in January 2016. That survey took into account the components of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ such as construction of toilets, solid waste management and independent observation for its ranking.