The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has stood first among the 64 civic bodies in the country for the best managed urban local bodies. The President Pratibha Patil honoured AMC with a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh.
AMC, whose Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) has caught the attention of urban planners around the world, was adjudged the Overall Best Performer at the Nagar Ratna Awards held here on Friday.
The selection committee was headed by former Supreme Court Justice Arijit Pasayat, who evaluated the performance of various cities on nine different parameters. The Nagar Ratna Awards are instituted by the All India Institute of Local Self Government.
The second best performer was the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) which received a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 3 lakh. Meanwhile, Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) was awarded for basic amenities to urban poor and Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) was adjudged best for complaints redressal system. Surat Municipal Corporation was awarded for innovation. The Pune Municipal Corporation stood third with a prize of a trophy and Rs 2 lakh. Under the segment awards categories, Nashik Municipal Corporation was adjudged the best in public health services.Other award winners include Bangalore for financial management, Vishakhapatnam for use of IT in governance and service delivery, Faridabad for recreational facilities and Agartala for transparency and accountability.
Altogether 64 cities where the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, JNNURM is being implemented, were in the reckoning for the awards.