New Delhi: Vengurla and Panchgani have topped the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) ratings on cleanliness in Maharashtra. Vengurla has been conferred the ‘Five Leaves’ Award in the assessment of cities while Panchgani got ‘Four Leaves’ award. Ramdas Kokare and Vaibhav Sable, the former and serving chief officers of Vengurla respectively received the Five Leaves Award, while Laxmi Karhadkar, four times mayor of Panchgani, received Four Leaves Award at the hands of SPS Parihar, Chairman of Central Pollution Control Board at a function in New Delhi.
CSE released the 2017-18 assessment report on the performance of 20 of these 26 forum cities. Based on the findings of the assessment report, the best performers were selected and the Leaves Awards were conferred on them. “We have converted the garbage disposal site in Vengurla into a public park. It has become a major tourist attraction. Panchgani is specially appreciated, as it segregates waste at source in all of its 17 wards,” said Ramdas Kokare.
Vaibhav Sable said, “It is a big honour and we will continue the efforts on solid waste management.”
Mayor of Panchgani Laxmi Karhadkar said, “It is an honour for citizens of Panchgani and their continued support to cleanliness. It was challenging to achieve this goal in the tourist destination city with more floating population. But, common citizens and authorities and workers gave support with vigorous efforts all through.”
“Sweeping cities is only a small part of the solution to the problem of keeping our cities clean – what is more important is sustainable treatment, recycling and reuse of the waste that they generate,” said Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General, CSE, while announcing the awards for most efficient management and segregation of waste by Indian cities, which are members of the Forum of Cities that Segregate.
Every household in Vengurla segregates waste into wet, dry and domestic hazardous categories. Defaulters are penalised with strict fines and penalties. Implementation is ensured through close monitoring by the local bodies.
All 17 wards in Panchgani segregate waste at source including commercial establishments and bulk generators. Non-recyclable plastic waste is shredded and is used for construction of roads. 3.5 tonnes of wet waste is treated in a composting facility. The compost produced further creates revenue for the council.
Vengurla has no dump site or landfill. Inert waste such as debris and silt is mixed with organic waste and is used for mulching, hence recovering maximum waste.
Vengurla has notified the by-laws as per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. However, Panchgani is yet to notify the same.
Panchgani was adjudged the cleanest city in the west zone by the Swachh Survekshan 2018 conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Vaijapur received the 3 Leaves Award according to the CSE assessment.