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Monday, June 7, 2010

Edition 23: The Lackluster Pune Infrastructure Exposed

However pride the citizens of Pune might take for achievements in various fields, but there is one aspect where the city lags way behind others: Sanitation. The proof came from the union government which has ranked the city at 65th place, trainling behind cities like Panvel and Bhusawal from the state.

In order to sensitize the cities administration as well as the citizens about the current state of sanitation and raise awareness about the need for improvement, Govt of India has announced a National Rating of Class 1 Cities on sanitation parameters. The ratings were released by union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy yesterday. While releasing the list, he said, "Exercise for the rating initiated in 2009 is a part of National Urban Sanitation Policy to make Indian cities and towns totally sanitized, healthy and liveable i.e. they become Nirmal Shahars."

Various expert agencies were involved to assess the status of sanitation on the spot in Class I cities. Data collected and assessment made by these agencies were further analyzed by technical experts and rating was done by awarding points for various parameters. On the basis of their performance, cities have been kept in four categories that are - green, blue, black and red. No city could qualify in the green category while only four cities are in blue category.

Pune is ranked 65th in the list with 42.730 points. Bangalore and Chennai are ahead of Pune while Hyderabad is below it. Among the cities from Maharashtra, Navi Mumbai tops the list with 53.920 points. Cities like Akola, Satara and Ichalkaranji, with comparatively less resources and less size, have made their place in the upper part of the list.

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