‘380 cities treat less than 40% of sewage’

‘380 cities treat less than 40% of sewage’

New Delhi: A ratings exercise on sanitation levels in 423 cities across India has revealed that as many as 380 cities collect and treat less than 40% of their sewage, while only 24 collect more than four-fifths the solid waste generated within the cities.

The ratings, which were announced in 2009, were presented by urban development minister Jaipal Reddy on Monday.

Chandigarh, Mysore, Surat and the New Delhi Municipal Corporation-administered Delhi were ranked as the best in overall sanitation practices.

“The exercise also highlights that considerable efforts are required to improve access to community and public toilets for the urban poor and to stop open defecation," he said.