**Bhubaneswar:** The Housing & Urban Development Department (HUDD) of Odisha has been selected as one of the winners to receive the ‘HUDCO Award For Best Practices To Improve the Living Environment’ for the year 2018-19.
The department’s ‘Universal Coverage of Urban Piped Water Supply’ has been selected as one of the award winning best practice in the said category. Another award in the same category has been bagged for the best practice ‘PMAY-LIFE House Construction through Woman Construction Group’ by Kudumbashree-State Poverty Eradication Mission.
The HUDCO Award for Best Practices is being awarded annually for ten selected award winning best practices under seven themes or categories. The award winners receive an amount of Rs 1 lakh along with a trophy and commemorative certificate.
‘Pre-Audit/Internal Audit in 168 ULB’s & Accrual Based Double Entry Accounting System in 168 ULB’s’ is the award winning best practice by State Urban Development Agency of Chhattisgarh under the Urban Governance theme.
‘City Bus Services at Tier II and III Cities & Towns’ is the award winning best practice by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation under the Urban Transport theme.
‘Energy Security Efforts by Surat Municipal Corporation’ and ‘Revitalization of Derelict Urban Spaces-Chhakarpur-Wazirabad Bundh’ are the award winning best practices by Surat Municipal Corporation of Gujarat and VSPB Associates, I AM GURGAON, Forest Department of Haryana respectively under Energy Conservation & Green Building theme.
‘Door to Door Collection of Sanitary Napkins & Diapers & Best Out of Waste’ and ‘Say “No” to Manual Scavenging in Sewer Operations by use of Mini Sewer Jetting Vehicles-A Swachh Bharat Initiative’ are the award winning best practices by Petland Municipality in Gujarat and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) respectively under the Sanitation theme.
‘Bharat Ratna Shradheya Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayaee Anubhuti Udhyan’ is the award winning best practice by Ujjain Development Authority of Madhya Pradesh under the Urban Design and Regional Planning, Inner City Revitalization & Conservation theme.
However, no entry has been selected for Award under the Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Rehabilitation theme.