5 of the cleanest and greenest places in India
When we talk about sustainability, many Indians only talk about things happening in Europe and Western parts of the world. While it is true that certain European countries are extremely forward in their implementation of sustainable solutions, India too is making some progress in this field. Below is a list of some of the most sustainable places in India.
Diu — First smart city to run 100% on renewable energy:
Diu was a city that used to import a whopping 73% of its power from Gujarat. Now, Diu runs 100% on renewable energy during the day! This transformation happened within the short span of just one year. Residents are offered subsidies to install rooftop solar panels and the city saves almost 13000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Read more here
Indore & Bhopal — Cleanest cities in India:
Have you ever wondered which city was the cleanest in India? Based on the sanitation survey by the Union Urban Development Ministry, Indore and Bhopal have held this title for the last two years. Even though their municipal body may not be one of the richest, they are extremely effective in keeping the cities clean. Read more here
Chandigarh — Greenest city in India:
With most Indian metropolitans becoming concrete jungles and inducing high stress levels in its people, the necessity for green cover in cities is now felt more than ever. It is scientifically proven that being surrounded by green cover helps reduce stress and anxiety and increases productivity. However, while the larger cities still suffer from inertia and inaction, smaller cities like Chandigarh are understanding the value in developing sustainably. Read more here
Kinnaur (Himachal Pradesh) — Cleanest Air in India:
If you live in Delhi, you probably already know what it is like to breathe extremely polluted air. However, not very far from this city is an amazing district in the state of Himachal Pradesh where the air quality is said to be the cleanest in India, according to a survey by Centre for Atmospheric Sciences at IIT Delhi. Read more here
Nagpur — Efficient water management:
India is on the brink of a water crisis and according to World Bank, at least 21 Indian cities are moving towards zero ground water level by 2020. Many of our lakes too are extremely polluted and the water is not fit for consumption. In such a situation, Nagpur has chosen to engage with private players to recycle their sewage water using thermal power. This reduces their fresh water consumption while also not contaminating nearby water bodies. If a city like Mumbai turns to a simple solution like rain water harvesting, the city can meet 20% of its daily water supply. It is extremely important and crucial for other cities to follow in the footsteps of Nagpur. Read more here
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