IMPHAL, May 21 - Kakching, an urban centre in Manipur’s Kakching district has been declared the cleanest town (urban) in Northeastern region under Swachh Bharat Mission conducted by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Mayang Imphal, another small commercial hub in Imphal West district has also come out top in the Best City in Citizens’ Feedback in North East, according to State Mission Director of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), Nepram Gitkumar.
Kakching will now receive the title of Cleanest Town in NE and Mayang Imphal the Best City in Citizens’ Feedback in NE under Swachh Bharat Mission. Kakching came out top in a comparative study of 4,041 towns across the country while there were 164 towns from NE.
Of the four categories of awards for NE zone, two were bagged by Manipur.
The award for Best City ‘on Solid Waste Management’ went to Rangpo town in Sikkim. An agency appointed by the Ministry inspected the 4,041 towns from January 4 till March 10, 2018 and carried out a comparative study. An important indicator taken into account while carrying out the comparative study was to see if the area or town is open defecation free and disposal of garbage generated by the town.
In December 2017, Imphal Municipal Council and Gangtok Municipal Corporation along with 18 municipalities from 11 other Indian States joined hands and floated a ‘Forum of Cities that Segregate’. The Forum’s 2018 Conclave is scheduled to be held in Delhi on June 7.