PMC Plans To Go Clean, Seeks Central Funds

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will submit a comprehensive Cleanliness Plan’ to the state within two months to seek central assistance to improve sanitation, cleanliness and sewage treatment in the city.
The All-India Institute of Local Self Government (AIILSG), a government body that enables local bodies to contribute to the development process and provide citizens with a better life, met civic officials on Friday to discuss the plan.
Pune is a dismal 65th in the Union urban development ministry’s ranking for cleanliness and sanitation standards. In one of the most daunting tasks taken up by the ministry, 423 cities and towns with a population of more than one lakh were recently rated on parameters such as complete elimination of open defecation, elimination of open scavenging, and safe collection and disposal of human excreta.
On the basis of the rating, cities have been classified as red, black, blue and green to denote increasing levels of achievement of good environmental and health outcomes.
A green rating indicates a healthy city, blue indicates a city recovering but still diseased, black indicates a city that needs considerable improvement and red indicates a city on the brink of public health and environmental emergency’, requiring immediate remedial action.
No city in the country could qualify in the green category. Only four cities Chandigarh, Mysore, Surat and New Delhi municipal council area are in the blue category. Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad fall in the black category. While 229 cities are in the black category, the remaining 190 fall in the red category.
Of the 38 cities in the state which were part of the survey, 27 are in the black category and 11 in the red. Smaller cities like Satara, Akola, Ichalkaranji, Chandrapur, Bhusawal, Panvel and Amravati have fared better than Pune.
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