Along with 10 cities, Kolkata – according to the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) – is the only Indian city to receive the prestigious best city award for proper waste management.
The awards were announced during the C40 Mayors Summit held in Mexico City. Other cities that won the award are Addis Adaba, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Sydney and Malborne, Paris, Portland, Seoul Shenzhen, and Yokohama.
Kolkata Mayor said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wanted to make Kolkata ‘Green and Clean’ and that has been made possible. The citizens supported the initiative in a big way, he pointed out.
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Held in Mexico City, Kolkata municipal officials received the award from C40 Chair and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes.
“Municipal officials have visited 50,000 houses and have made our people aware about the benefits of solid waste management,” AITC said Saturday.
The project involved 100 per cent door to door collection of solid waste, segregation, and recycling by way of composting which is sold in the market. According to AITC, one significant aspect of this project was that rag-pickers were part of it.
Photo courtesy: AITC
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