The Diamond City is not just the ‘smartest’ city in India, but it is also officially now the best in climate and environment among 126 cities of the country. The recent announcement by the union urban affairs ministry shows that Surat has the highest five-star ratings under the Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0.
The ratings were under Urban Planning, Green Cover and Biodiversity and Waste Management categories and four-star ratings under Energy and Green Buildings, Mobility and Air Quality, and Water Management categories with an overall rating of four stars. While Surat has bagged the top rank, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and Gandhinagar too managed to grab top 10 slots in the country.
Officials of Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) said that 50% of the assessment was done based on urban planning, green cover, biodiversity, and energy and green buildings.