The Swachh Survekshan Awards 2017 was declared at the National Media Center, Raisina Road, New Delhi on 4th May 2017 at a function presided over by Shri. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development. Gangtok city was awarded for the Cleanest State Capital of North East Zone.
Sikkim was represented at the event by Hon’ble Mayor Shri. SS Chaudhary, PCE cum Secretary UD&HD, Shri. G.T. Bhutia, Municipal Commissioner GMC, Shri. T. Gyachho, State Mission Director- Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and SI GMC Shri KW Chankapa.
This is the 2nd year of the Swachh Survekshan Awards being instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development. Under the Survekshan 2017, a total of 500 cities having population of one-lakh and above participated in the challenge across the country. Gangtok
The Quality Council of India which was assigned the task of carrying out the assessment of all the cities conducted repeated flied visits. During the field visits they collected data from interactions with Municipal Bodies, through direct observations at ground and through feedback from citizens.
The hospitality industry in Gangtok is also trying to maintain a fine balance between its natural beauty and urban planning. Big hotels like The elgin Nor khill, Gangtok, Yangthang Heritage, The Golden Crest are also cooperating to make the city clean.
Although Plastic, banned in Sikkim for over a decade now, is rarely spotted. But the city is confronted with a bigger problem — PET (polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles, which are discarded by tourists. In government functions, those bottles have already been banned and if, the state machinery has its way, there could soon be a complete ban on such water bottles, forcing tourists to use only RO or filter water available in designated public places, hotels and restaurants.