How green is my city?
The sustainable development proposal contained 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues. These included ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. According to these 169 targets I would like to talk about the policies/schemes/initiatives Chandigarh has taken up to achieve the following:
1. No poverty: implementation of the food security act has been successful in Chandigarh by having an effect on over about 64623 people. The old age pensions,widow pensions and disabled pensions have helped a total of 20148 people in total. More than 12,000 families living in slum areas have already been shifted in flats built under JNNURN. Moreover, 4,960 flats have been constructed and families living in slum colonies will be shifted.
2. Zero hunger: AAY is an imitative of Red Cross Society (with initial financial support from HPCL under CSR initiative) to provide affordable food at Rs. 10. everyday around 3,500 to 4,000 packets are prepared under this initiative. Chandigarh Administration implemented the public distribution system by replacing Fair Price Shops with food subsidy.
3. Good health and well being: Chandigarh awarded with Certificate of Merit by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for Maximum improvement in Infant Mortality Rate during the period 2015 -2016. • New hospitals are being constructed with infrastructure being upgraded in existing hospitals to improve medical facilities and Chandigarh Administration is planning a new sports injury centre having provisions like MRI, CT scan, X-ray, Ultrasound etc.
4. Quality Education: In Education Sector, Chandigarh Administration is planning to set up two more colleges along with increasing the number of seats in several existing colleges and have built 200 Smart Classrooms in 9 Government Schools while another 200 Smart Classrooms are due for completion to impart education to students through multimedia projectors. Chandigarh Administration launched a mobile educational/rehabilitation unit for children with special needs.
5. Reduced inequalities: To ensure safety and security of Women, Chandigarh has started a facility to make available police car to pick and drop women from any location in Chandigarh after 10:00 PM.
6. Sustainable cities and communities: Chandigarh is declared ODF city with 894 public toilets.100% habitation covered with drinking water supply.Chandigarh has been also declared as a Kerosene Free City and 2,48,049 bbeneficiaries are receiving LPG subsidy under PAHAL.
7. Solar Installed Capacity - Chandigarh has an installed capacity of grid connected rooftop and decentralized solar plants of 24.9 MW. It is planned to increase this installed capacity to 37MW and 69MW by 2010 and 2022 respectively.•
8. Green Cover - Green cover in Chandigarh is 41.1%. Efforts are being undertaken to increase this area further. Cycle Tracks - Under the Smart City Project, Chandigarh Administration has built 96 Kms of Cycle Track and another 70 Kms is to be completed in the next phase.