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Old Posted May 8, 2017, 8:51 AM
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Exhibitions India to attract 400 exhibitors from 40 countries for 'One Mega Event'
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Bringing five expos - Buildings India 2017 expo, Solar India 2017 expo, Transport India 2017 expo, Smart Cities India 2017 expo and Water India 2017 expo - under one roof, the vision of One Mega Event, hosted by the Exhibitions India Group, is to help develop attractive and safe cities that evoke pride and a sense of belonging among citizens.
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Building on the success of the previous two international Smart Cities expos, the Exhibitions India Group plays host to One Mega Event: Smarter Solutions for a Better Tomorrow. The event will take place at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during May 10-12, 2017.
One mega event: Shaping the future of Smart Cities

Mumbai All Set to Get Dazzled as LED Expo Returns with Innovations from More than 200 Companies

Whether the government is uploading all sessions to youtube or somewhere?

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Govt to kick off measuring liveability in major cities next month
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To start with, Liveability Standards of 140 cities including 53 cities with population of one million and above and Smart Cities will be assessed. The ministry has already invited bids for selecting the agency for carrying out the assessment based on the parameters evolved by the ministry.

It has come out with a detailed document on "Methodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities" for the benefit of states and cities.

Cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters relating to governance, social infrastructure pertaining to education, health and safety and security, economic aspects and physical infrastructure like housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability, solid waste management and pollution. Cities will be ranked based on Liveability Index that would cover a total of 79 aspects.
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Have one award each for walkability, green space index, street vendor infrastructure, renewable energy usage ratio also.

India elected president of UN-Habitat, a United Nations organ promoting sustainable settlements
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How Swachch Bharat survey may have penalised clean cities
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NEW DELHI: Alappuzha in Kerala is a "waste smart" city according to recent assessment by a Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) team. Reason? It has managed to achieve 100% waste segregation in 12 of the city's 23 wards. It doesn't landfill, instead a majority of the households have biogas plants and composting systems. But as per the Centre's recent Swachch Survekshan survey 2017, Alappuzha ranks at 380.

The top three "cleanest" cities according to the Swachch survey—Indore, Bhopal and Visakhapatnam, have a centralized system of waste management.

While these do have door-to-door waste collection and efficient transportation of waste, CSE points out that all three cities do not segregate waste at source and finally resort to landfilling. Very little waste is processed at source. The best practice in contrast, the world over is to segregate, recycle and process waste at source in a decentralized manner and minimize dumping. In fact, The MSW Rules, 2016 clearly state that waste needs to be segregated into three categories at the household level - wet, dry and domestic hazardous waste. Then, are the cleanest cities as per the Centre's survey really clean?

"What becomes clear is that the states that have pushed for a centralised approach towards waste management - Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh - have been given high rankings in the Survekshan results. Of the top 50 cities, 31 cities are in these three states. All these cities are pushing for cluster-based waste management approach using waste to energy plants and landfills for processing and dumping of waste," says a critique by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). At the heart of the problem is the way Centre evaluates "clean" cities, say experts.

No weightage has been given to waste segregation at source or decentralized management of waste. In fact, 40% of the points go to sweeping, collection and transportation of municipal solid waste, 20% to processing and disposal. No weightage has been given to decentralized waste management, effort to reduce dumping, recycling and reuse. Experts highlighted that there is a major stress on waste to energy plants too as many cities have started adopting it as an easy solution to deal with unsegregated waste.

A senior official at the Swachch Bharat Mission Directorate, told TOI that "most cities were not moving towards decentralized waste management which is why we didn't consider it as a parameter. It's not very well regulated in cities. But now we have decided that segregation and management of waste at source needs to be given weightage. In mega cities, composting or recycling is not an option yet..."

A similar example is of Panjim, which has virtually become "bin-free." It has a colour-coded five category waste segregation system instead.

According to CSE's documentation, waste is collected door-to-door, the generators of waste have to follow a five-way segregation system where they segregate it to wet waste, plastics, papers, cartons, glass and metals and non-recyclable materials. Wet waste is composted at decentralised compost pits in colonies. There are around 70 composting units in the city. Dry waste is brought to sorting centres, where it is sorted, the non-recyclable wastes are compressed into small bales and delivered to cement plants in Karnataka. But Panjim has been ranked at 90, despite its decentralization efforts.

"Now there are NGT guidelines that clearly lay down that there has to be segregation at source, composting, recycling and reuse of whatever is possible. The survey was conducted by a third party, they started the evaluation process before the NGT guidelines came into place and didn't incorporate these. They definitely need to be incorporated," said Shyamala Mani, professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).
A silly reason. In that case best option is to drop the survey as most of the cities are not clean.
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