India: Kolkata receives Best Cities award for tackling climate change

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 03, 2016, 12.37 PM(IST)

Kolkata is the only Indian city to receive the prestigious award. It received the award during the C40 Mayors Summit held in Mexico City. (Image source: Wikipedia) Photograph:( Others )

India’s eastern city of Kolkata has been honoured with the Best Cities of 2016 award at the C40 Mayors Summit held in Mexico city, news agency Press Trust of India reports.

Kolkata received the award for the inspiring and innovative programme called Kolkata Solid Waste Management Project.

The project has achieved 60-80 per cent (depending on site) segregation of waste at its source, with further waste segregation occurring at transfer stations.

Along with Kolkata, 10 other cities from across the world have been honoured with the award.

Kolkata is the only Indian city to receive the prestigious award.

"In our country, only Kolkata metropolitan has got this award," Dilip Yadav, chairman of the Uttarpara Municipality, told PTI over the phone from Mexico City after receiving the prestigious award.

"This motivates us for more performance for the sustainability of this project," he said.

"Our motto is the participation of the common people. Being chairman, I have visited 50,000 house and have made our people aware of the benefits of solid waste management," Yadav added.

Onkar Singh-Meena, Secretary Municipal Affairs and CEO of Kolkata Municipal Development Authority told PTI the project involved a 100 per cent door to door collection of solid waste, segregation and recycling by way of compositing which is sold in the market.

"One significant aspect of this project is that ragpickers are part of it," he said.

Other cities that won the award are Addis Adaba, Copenhagen, Curitiba, Sydney and Melbourne, Paris, Portland, Seoul Shenzhen, and Yokohama.

(WION with inputs from PTI)