How citizen participation ensured a clean Chandigarh

Chandigarh-one of the early planned cities of post-independence India-has emerged as one of most environment-friendly clean city. This has become possible only due to its citizen’s active participation with the administration.

“Chandigarh has 1,809 neighbourhood parks which are managed by the Registered Welfare Associations (RWAs) themselves. There are around 100 green belts in the city which are taken care by 1,000 gardeners,” said Mayor of Chandigarh Asha Kumari Jaiswal at Smart and Sustainable City Summit, Nagpur, organised by Elets Technomedia Pvt Limited.

Setting an example, the city administrators themselves are adopting various eco-friendly initiatives. For example, the officials, including Mayor and Commissioners, clean city streets at least four to five times a month.

Not only this, the Judges are already commuting on bicycles ditching their cars, thereby contributing to pollution-free Chandigarh.

“The sewage system of Chandigarh is already underground which is cleaned through latest technology. Within 20 mins, the civic body officials solve sanitation related problems,” added Jaiswal. Chandigarh citizens have already started using bicycle tracks. Every street is lined with trees as a result of which pollution is under control in the Union Territory.

“Solid waste plant is already functioning in Chandigarh. We are already using tertiary treated water. By the end of this year we will provide 24X7 drinking water to our citizens,” added the Mayor.

Chandigarh has recently launched five new smart city projects as well. Smart City Conclave, being organised by Elets Technomedia on July 28-29th will discuss such issues.

Mayor Asha Kumari Jaiswal will be present at the Conclave along with other distinguished guests from Chandigarh and across the country.

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