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The Diamond City is not just the ‘smartest’ city in India, but it is also officially now the best in climate and environment among 126 cities of the country. The recent announcement by the union urban affairs ministry shows that Surat has the highest five-star ratings under the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0.

The ratings were under Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity and Waste Management categories and four-star ratings under Energy and Green Buildings, Mobility and Air Quality, and Water Management categories with an overall rating of four stars. While Surat has bagged the top rank, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Gandhinagar too managed to grab top 10 slots in the country.

Officials of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) said that 50% of the assessment was done based on urban planning, green cover, biodiversity, and energy and green buildings.

“What worked in our favour was conservation of open areas, green cover, reliance on non-conventional sources of energy among other factors,” said an SMC official. SMC has generated 8.1 crore kilowatt hour electricity through green energy resources like wind, solar and waste to energy.

“At least 30 to 32% of our electricity needs are covered by these non-conventional sources of power,” said CY Bhatt, deputy municipal commissioner. The city has also introduced 22 electric-run buses on its BRTS and city bus routes, while the tendering process is underway for 150 more such buses, Bhatt added.

SMC’s capability to manage the 1,800 tonnes of daily waste too added weightage in the assessment.

The civic body generates organic compost and recycles waste plastic which can then be used in manufacturing buckets, pipes and packaging products.

“SMC has undertaken these projects to give better quality of life to people of Surat and we plan to introduce better projects for future too like the biodiversity park, adopting new technologies and relying more on renewable energy sources,” said Banchhanidhi Pani, SMC commissioner.


Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 01.07.2021

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