The urbanization in India has put a great impact on the environment and quality of life. The level of pollution is all-time high and consumption of natural resources is increasing disproportionately. The government has introduced several welfare schemes to minimize the effect of urbanization and provide people with a healthy living environment. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) was launched on 2nd October 2014 with the aim to clean up all the roads, streets, towns, and rural areas of the country. Its main objective is to eliminate the open defecation by constructing household-owned and community-owned toilets.
To keep our planet clean is our social responsibility. Every year, World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June to create awareness among people and introduce actions with which they can help protect the environment. ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ is the theme of this year’s edition that shall be hosted by India. Apart from Government, people from time to time volunteer to clean up several cities across the country to promote the concept of Clean India. One such revolutionary example is Versova Beach cleanup initiated by the advocate, Afroz Shah that transformed the Versova shore entirely.
There are some cities in India that are popular in terms of cleanliness and greenery and offer their residents with excellent green lifestyle. Their lush green premises and use of fuel-efficient vehicles help reduce the pollution and create ecological balance. So let’s have a look at some of the clean and green cities of India.
Famous by the nickname, the city beautiful, Chandigarh is located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, which is the first smoke-free city in India. It is one of the cleanest and greenest cities in India covered throughout with a variety of trees. One of the best-planned city in India, Chandigarh is widely known for its architecture and the quality-life that its residents enjoy amidst the eco-friendly environment.
Surat is one of the well-developed commercial cities in India that also comes in the top 10 cleanest and greenest cities of the country. The civic authority has set up strict rules to keep Surat clean. All the auto-rickshaws and public transports use CNG to maintain the quality of air. The city has a modern sewage treatment plant where the waste is converted to energy and has a computerized water distribution and drainage system as well. In April, this year, India’s first district cooperative bank built on the green concept was inaugurated in Surat where the bank building has patches for gardening on each floor. And the entry of the building has a green landscape with a lush garden.
Located at the foothills of Sahyadri Mountains, Pune is surrounded by hills and green forest throughout that makes it one of the greenest cities in India. Especially during monsoon, the city comes to life when people can experience all shades of green. Pune attracts a lot of tourists every year for its green parks, big gardens, museums, etc. The Pune Municipal Corporation started ‘Chakachak Pune’ programme that aims to create awareness among people about community cleaning and segregation between wet garbage and dry garbage.
Mysore is another clean city in India, which is popular among people by the name of the Palace City of India. Let’s do it! Mysore is a non-profit organization started by environmentalists and socially concerned people as a great initiative towards making the city green. The beautiful palaces, gardens, sacred temples, and lush green lawns of the city will make you fall in love where you would want to stay forever. If you ever get an opportunity to see the aerial view of the city, you will be able to enjoy the clear view of the green stretch.
Bhopal is known as one of the greenest urban cities in India surrounded by lavish green trees and hills. The two beautiful lakes and a Van Vihar national park make it the most beautiful city of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal I-Clean Team is a group of volunteers including students, professionals, housewives, etc. that spread awareness among people to keep their surroundings clean. The team meets every Sunday at a pre-decided spot and clean the dirty spots, paint walls and beautify them with warli art so that people think twice before making them dirty again.
If you also desire to see the name of your city on this list, then contribute as an individual towards spreading awareness and cleaning the dirty spots in your city. Plant as many trees as you can to create an ecological balance and make this planet a better place to live.