NAVI MUMBAI: The civic body officials countered the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) criticism of the city’s air quality and environment degradation being poor after it was termed the third cleanest city in India under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

“We have the best sewage treatment setups, scientific solid waste management project, marginal open defecation, water treatment. We left no stone unturned and lived up the expectations of the survey team,” said Dinesh Waghmare, NMMC commissioner.

The city met the criteria and parameters of the nation-wide survey conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development, he added.

NGT came down heavily on the failure of various agencies in tackling the problem of air pollution and protection of the green cover, including mangroves.

“High energy consumption due to existence of industries does not reflect on pollution,” said a senior civic officer.

The Central government had conducted survey in as many as 476 cities in 31 states and union territories, to assess the sanitation practices.

These included the extent of open defecation, drinking water quality, sewage management, solid waste management; waste water treatment, surface water quality of water bodies and mortality due to water-borne diseases, in which the city stood third, added civic officials.

By Anupama

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