The Three Leaves Award conferred by New Delhi based NGO Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) was presented to Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) for its performance in reinventing their Solid Waste Management (SWM) system. The award was conferred based on the findings of the assessment report (2017-18) of the performance of 26 Forum Cities. GMC deputy commissioner Sonam Chopel along with bazaar officer Atish Rai, councillors Pema Wongda, S.D. Palzor and M.K. Khati attended the award function.
The award was based on population of the municipal areas and Gangtok was adjusted third position in the 1 lakh to 10 lakh category. An assessment was carried out to check the different systems that were introduced to aid solid waste management, Gangtok scored over 90 percent in almost all the parametres.
‘The award has encouraged GMC to do more under SWM in the GMC areas and the ultimate target is to make Gangtok landfill site-free town,’ said Chopel.
It is interesting to note that two towns Panchgani and Vengurla are already landfill site free municipal areas in the country.
Source: Sikkim Express