Green and Clean Cities of India

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Okay. So I agree categorizing India as one of the green nations itself is not that an appropriate choice. And even several surveys and the ranking list shows no signs of India being among Top 50 of the Green Cities list.

But guys we must not forget that India has been amply blessing with nature’s bounty. It is rich in lush greens, dry and cold deserts or even snow-capped mountains – you will find it all in the lap of Mother Earth’s itself in this incredible nation. And all this when coupled with the rich social and cultural diversities that our country houses all makes our nation Incredible in its true sense.

And even though we have so many problems regarding the ecological advancements and so on yet we are one of those few fastest growing economy and democracy speeding each and every pass by the second.

And of course, it is India which is home to Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong located in East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya state.

And for this elevated status that this place has achieved successfully for itself Mawlynnong deserves to be talked about first before hitting off the list.

Known for its cleanliness Mawlynnong caters to the needs of its residents through agriculture with betel nut being the prime crop. The small village was voted the cleanest twice in a way, first in 2003 by Discovery India Magazine and then in 2005 it was popularized further by BBC.

The population that is relatively small in this village is primarily responsible for this ecologically noble step.

“Kids are given the task of keeping the area around the house clean as soon as they reach Grade 1 or 2. If they don’t do so, they don’t get food.”

Well, they say it right Charity indeed Begins At Home itself. The utterly simple lifestyle of people here is completely dependent on the nature’s rich bounty. For the Khasi tribe, concrete houses look ugly and hence they renovate their “natural” house made of bamboo, small stones, straws etc. every year.

The other factor for which Mawlynnong becomes the top priority in must-visit places in India is because of the living-root bridges. An ultimate wonder made by the people of the village living-root bridge is nothing but the strong branches of banyan trees being supported and framed in such a way that it forms a passage connecting it from one point to another acting as a bridge.

Bamboo sticks, mud, and stones are filled in to make the aerial bridge of the Banyan trees stronger and rigid. Even though these bridges cover only a short distance of hardly 2 km or so they are one of the thrilling facets of the village for sure.

Climbing up to the tree house of Sky View which gives a perfect view of the entire village as well as the bordering country Bangladesh the garbage produced in the village are always dumped in specific containers or inside mud pit.

After it is completely decomposed, it is then used as manure to feed the small plants and shrubs.

And yes I agree that we have number of ecological issues to take care of yet there are number of cities in our country which are not only clean but also the Green cities encouraging other states to also adopt similar measures so that India also stands among the Green nations in the world:

Chandigarh

Considered the cleanest and the greenest city of India Chandigarh is the just and rightful candidate for such a title. Maintaining gardens to taking up several eco-projects the government and people of this state have it all to nourish nature’s beauty for better.

Maybe this is the reason Chandigarh is making the news for becoming the first solar city in India by 2016.

Surat

After Solar City, it is the time for Eco-City of India. The diamond hub of Gujarat Surat has taken up a multiple number of projects which the state government refers to as eco- or Green projects.

These projects essentially include the building of sustainably developed lifestyle models which are environment-friendly. Surat is one of those three cities selected for “eco-city” development by UK-based charitable organization The Ecological Sequestration Trust or TEST. Involving a whopping amount of 50 crores the city is expected to be elevated to the status of the Eco-City in the coming five years.

Guwahati

The urban hub of the North-East region of India Guwahati reflects the serenity of nature from its every corner.

Surrounded by lush green mountains and with Brahmaputra river flowing around it, this city is also one of the fastest growing cities in the North-East region regarding technological advancements and urban development.

The main reason responsible for this Green status is the simplicity of the residents of this city. Though at times certain section does show carelessness living such as dumping garbage in the river water leading blockage and floods even after slight drizzling.

But more or fewer people have managed to maintain the nature’s bounty in this city.

Jamshedpur

The first planned industrial city of India, the bricks of Jamshedpur, was laid by Jamshedji Nuserwanji Tata.

Fondly called as Tatanagar or the Steel City of India Jamshedpur has managed to be one of the cleanest places despite having several factories functioning from the age old in it. As of the ranking declared by Government of India in 2010 Jamshedpur comes among the Top 10 cleanest cities in India.

Vijayawada

The Business Capital of Andhra Pradesh” Vijayawada is undoubtedly one of the beautiful places to visit down south in India.

It is the perfect example of maintaining the balance between environment and development.

The city has till now captured both the titles of “Global City of the Future” by McKinsey Quarter and also one of the cleanest cities in India and The Cleanest City in Andhra Pradesh voted by Ministry of Urban Development of India.

Dehradun

Home to some of the most prestigious educational institutions and organizations such Central Braille Press, the first Braille Press in India, Forest Research Institute and Indian Military Academy Dehradun is the dear child of Mother Nature from every corner.

Known for its beautiful scenic beauty Dehradun is often credited as being one of the cleanest, safest and calmest places in India.

 

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