For the first time since the awards have been instituted, Chandigarh Smart City has won in 4 categories in the National Smart City Awards :
1) First In the Mobility Category - PBS Project
2) First in the E Governance Category- I’m Chandigarh app and other initiatives
3) Third in the Sanitation category - SCADA of garbage collection
4) Best UT award
Adjudicated best nationally in Sustainable Mobility and Governance categories
Received Best UT Award for Innovative Strategies and Impacts
Revolutionizing Waste Management: Receives Third Award in Sanitation Category
Chandigarh Smart City has emerged as a front-runner in the prestigious All India Smart Cities Award Contest (ISAC) 2022, organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India. The city has been honored with four awards, including the First position under Mobility and Governance categories, the Best UT Award, and the Third position under the Sanitation category.
The awards recognise and reward cities, projects, and innovative ideas that promote sustainable development, inclusivity, safety, and collaboration in urban areas across India, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for all citizens. The awards are divided into various categories, including Project Awards, Innovation Awards, COVID Innovation Award, Partners Awards, City Awards, and State/UT Award.
Chandigarh's commendable achievements have been attributed to groundbreaking initiatives aimed at creating a greener and more sustainable city. Under the Mobility category, Chandigarh's exceptional efforts in providing safe and convenient non-motorized transport facilities, such as 227+ km of cycle tracks and an extensive Public Bicycle Sharing Network, have secured the first place. This accomplishment highlights the city's commitment to promoting sustainable transportation and reducing carbon emissions.
Furthermore, Chandigarh has excelled in the Sanitation category with its project on Solid Waste Management. The implementation of this project, including GPS-enabled waste collection and monitoring through the Integrated Command and Control Centre, has significantly improved the waste collection system.
Chandigarh has achieved a remarkable milestone of 100% disposal of sanitary and domestic hazardous waste, generating increased revenue from recyclables and promoting economic sustainability. The project has also contributed to the rehabilitation of 20 women rag pickers through the establishment of the first Pink MRF cum Garbage Transfer stations across various locations.
Chandigarh's waste segregation efforts have garnered accolades for promoting the principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
The Best UT Award was conferred upon Chandigarh in recognition of its strategies, innovative ideas, solutions, and key impacts achieved through its projects. The city's commitment to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), physical and financial performance under the Smart Cities Mission, and active participation in national-level challenges like India Cycles4Change Challenge, Climate Smart Cities Challenge, and Streets4People Challenge were also considered in judging the award.
Adviser to Administrator Chandigarh, expressed his pride in Chandigarh's achievements in the India Smart Cities Award Contest 2022, stating, "I am incredibly proud of Chandigarh's achievements in the National Smart Cities Award. Our vision for a greener, more sustainable city is becoming a reality with the launch of this PBS project. The cycle infrastructure and electric buses represent our commitment to innovation, health, and the environment. These awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our citizens and the Chandigarh Smart City team."
Expressing gratitude, Ms. Anindita Mitra IAS, Chief Executive Officer,Chandigarh Smart City Limited, attributed the awards to the citizens of Chandigarh for embracing these new options and actively participating in the city's journey towards a cleaner and sustainable future.
Chandigarh Smart City's recognition at the National Smart Cities Award reaffirms its commitment to transforming Chandigarh into a model smart city, focusing on sustainable development, citizen-centric services, and continuous innovation.
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