Gangtok, 07 Jun:
In an assessment report of the performance of 20 ‘Forum Cities that Segregate’ released by the Centre of Science and Environment [CSE] today, Gangtok Municipal Corporation bagged the award for efficient waste management and source segregation. The award was presented at a function held at New Delhi today, a press release informs.
GMC Deputy Commissioner, Sonam Wanghchuk Bhutia, and GMC Bazaar Officer, Atish Rai, received the award on behalf of the city.
The CSE 2017-18 assessment report of the performance of 20 Forum Cities assessed performance on parameters which included segregation at source, collection, transportation, waste processing, adoption of decentralised systems, the inclusion of informal sector and the enforcement of SWM bye-laws and Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.
To promote and implement source-segregation and decentralized model of waste management, CSE has been working with cities to advance the work and create a movement in the country on source-segregation.
CSE had launched the ‘Forum of Cities that Segregate’ on 12 Dec, 2017.
The Forum now has 26 members, including cities like Indore, Thiruvananthapuram, Mysuru, Muzaffarpur and some municipal corporations of Delhi NCR (such as SDMC, EDMC and Gurugram).
“Under this Forum, 26 cities from 14 states have come together to ensure that they adopt 100% source segregation and become the pioneers of waste management in the country. Our objective through this assessment is to work with cities and help them perform better and continue to reinvent their waste management systems,” said CSE Deputy Director General, Chandra Bhushan.
“Keeping our cities clean by only collecting and disposing wastes is not sufficient. What is required is source-segregation, proper treatment, recycle and reuse of the waste. Zero landfill should be the goal of municipal waste management in India,” he added.