It came second among 63 cities covered under JNNURM programme

Mysore City Corporation has been adjudged the second best city municipal corporation among 63 cities covered under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and was given the ‘Nagara Ratna' award.

“Ahmedabad and Pune had been adjudged the first and third best city municipal corporations in the country respectively and were presented the Nagara Ratna awards, instituted by the All India Institute of Local Self Government,” MCC Commissioner K.S. Raykar said. President Pratibha Patil presented the award to Mysore Mayor Pushpalatha Chikkanna and Mr. Raykar at a function in Mumbai on Friday. The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh.

Factors

Mr. Raykar toldThe Hindu that the corporation was chosen for the award taking into consideration the status of drinking water supply and the quality of drinking water, sanitation, overall cleanliness, solid waste management, sewage treatment and such other services.

An expert panel constituted by the institute had visited the city four months ago to inspect the services to verify the claims of the corporation, the commissioner said.

Components

Mr. Raykar said the panel studied all the components that had been furnished to the institute for the recognition. “It is a matter of pride to bag the recognition and the award.

We shall look into the areas that need improvement and put the city on top. We shall address the weaknesses so that the city will be seen as a model in almost all areas,” he said.

The commissioner said the corporation would strive for improvement and upgradation. Covered under the JNNURM, Mysore was adjudged the second cleanest city after Chandigarh, last year.

It earned the title of the second cleanest city in the country among 423 cities.

The MCC is making every effort to get the ‘green' tag, as it was classified in the ‘blue' category, ahead of Bangalore that was placed in the black category, sources said.

It is for the first time that prominent Indian cities were rated on their sanitation standards and public health awareness.


  • An expert panel visited the city to check

    the civic facilities

  • President Pratibha Patil presented the award to Mysore Mayor