Raipur ranks 16th in nat’l clean air survey – Times of India

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Raipur ranks 16th in nat’l clean air survey - Times of India


Raipur: Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh, has secured the 16th position among 47 cities in India with a population of over 10 lakhs in the National Clean Air Survey 2023. With a stellar score of 169.5 points, Raipur‘s accomplishment is highlighted by its 16th-place ranking, surpassing several prominent cities such as Nagpur at 18th position, Visakhapatnam at 20th, Kanpur at 23rd, Lucknow at 24th, Bangalore at 25th, and Pune at 29th position.
Raipur mayor Aijaz Dhebar expressed his joy and extended heartfelt congratulations to the citizens for achieving this milestone in the National Clean Air Survey 2023. He lauded the positive mindset of the citizens and the effective implementation of welfare schemes by the municipal and development departments, all of which contributed to this success.
The Union government categorized cities based on population— 47 cities with over 10 lakhs in Category 1, 44 cities with populations between 3 lakhs and 10 lakhs in Category 2, and 40 cities with populations of 3 lakhs in Category 3— in the Clean Air Survey 2023. Rankings were determined through assessments by the Air Quality Monitoring Committee (AQMC) and inspections by the CPCB.
The survey aimed to raise awareness among citizens of all backgrounds about clean air, provide information about air quality standards in different areas of the city, and promote measures to reduce air pollution. These measures include addressing issues like the burning of municipal solid waste, road dust, industrial pollution, and other sources of pollution.
The Raipur Mayor said that he is determined to further improve Raipur’s ranking in the coming years.
Under the guidance of the Chhattisgarh government’s municipal administration and development department, Raipur will initiate various projects, including launching electric buses, establishing electric vehicle charging stations, and planting a substantial number of trees within the city. These initiatives align with the vision of a clean, green, and smart city while adhering to stringent environmental standards, he said.
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