Wednesday, October 28, 2020

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Urban Missions progress in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand reviewed

Yadavindra S Rana | October 07, 2020 05:55 PM

CHANDIGARH:Himachal Pradesh has exceeded its target of 876 CT/PT seats by constructing
1, 567 seats.  Uttarakhand has constructed 20, 750 (75 per cent) IHHLs and 4, 642 CT/PT seats
against a target of 2, 611 seats. The States were requested to achieve the IHHL targets
expeditiously. Himachal Pradesh has informed that 369.46 TPD (98 per cent) of the waste is
processed while Uttarakhand has informed that 901.45 TPD of the waste generated is processed. 
States were advised to ensure that MIS should be updated regularly.
Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand informed that they have achieved 100 per cent door-
to-door collection of solid waste. In Himachal Pradesh source segregation of waste is being
practised in 100 per cent of the wards while in Uttarakhand, it is in 65%of the wards. Secretary,
MoHUA requested Uttarakhand to ensure that 100% source segregation is achieved in the State
expeditiously as this would bring down the processing costs of waste.
It was stated during an interaction of Mr Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of
Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA),   with the Chief Secretary/Principal Secretary/ senior
officials of the States of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand last month emphasized that the
States should take proactive steps to prepare the cities for obtaining GFC certification and
requested the States to see that all their ULBs improve their status to ODF+, ODF++ and also
strive to achieve 3 Star GFC status for half the cities by 2022.            
 Secretary, MoHUA informed that the Ambikapur Model being implemented by the
Govt. of Chattisgarh is the classic example of source segregation resulting in the value increase.
He advised the State Government to depute the team of municipal functionaries including rag
pickers to Ambikapur.
 Explaining the contours of the changes in the Swachh Survekshan, 2021 Secretary,
MoHUA stated that the new prize will be called ‘PrerakDauurSamman’. Qualifying criteria for
this award will be based on segregation of waste, processing capacity for wet waste, recycling of
waste, recycling of Construction & Demolition waste, percentage of waste going into landfills
and sanitation status of cities and the ranking will be ‘Divya’, ‘Anupam’, ‘Ujjwal’, ‘Udit’ and
‘Arohi’. He said that cleanliness besides changing the perception of the city as to how it manages
waste also makes it beautiful and asked the States to make vigorous efforts in this direction.
Secretary (MoHUA) suggested that the two states/UT should at least aim for Ujjwal (Silver).
 The States gave an account of the efforts being made by them under the Mission
including scientific waste processing. They assured that all efforts would be made to improve the
performance of the States. Secretary, MoHUA appreciated the efforts of the States in improving
the performance under the Mission. This will change the perception of the people towards cities
which in turn will bring the economic opportunities to the cities. He mentioned that segregation
of waste by the public is the key to cleanliness and prosperity and cited the example of the Indore
city where a Bio-Methnation plant is being set up which would pay the municipality for the wet
waste procured from it. He suggested that green/wet waste be segregated and composted inhomes/hotels/parks/colleges and institutions and used locally. He requested the States/UT to fix
targets and work with the cities for achieving them.

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