The annual survey of the Ministry of Urban Development that ranks cities on the basis of cleanliness and sanitation, published its results in May 2017. Surat was ranked fourth in the country. In 2013, Surat Municipal Corporation issued a notice that allowed Nagarpalikas of south Gujarat to dump their waste and garbage at a location in Khajod village. People of 35 villages located near the site had demanded the closure of the facility at Khajod. MSH Sheikh, an environment expert, who had also been campaigning against the sites existence for the last several years went to the NGT against the polluting site along with Parivartan Trust, an NGO operating in Gujarat.Residents of nearby villages were afraid that foul smell would create health problems for a lot of people living in its vicinity. SMC had been dumping its solid waste without segregation at Khajod site for the past 18 years. The pollution caused by repeated fires in the waste spread heavy air pollution in 10 km radius, causing health issues in Khajod, Budiya, Gabeni, Dipli, Jiyav and Bhimrad villages.Finally in 2017, on NGTs orders, the SMC identified three plots of land at Bhandup and Mandroi in Olpad taluka and Wankinada near PalsanaKadodara in Surat district to shift its solid waste disposal site from Khajod. Work towards closing down the Khajod site is yet to begin.
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