Siliguri, Siliguri city is strategically located in the region known as Siliguri corridor, an important link connecting mainland India with states in North East India and the neighbouring countries. With an area of 41.9 sq km, Siliguri is the largest urban conurbation in the North Bengal region and one of the most rapidly developing urban areas of Bengal.

Siliguri experiences a subtropical, humid climate, characterised by three distinct seasons of hot and humid summer, mild winter and intense monsoon. The summer season extends from March to June. The season is mild with average maximum temperature below 35°C due to the city’s location on the foothills of the Himalayas. The hottest days of the season fall in the months of May and June. The monsoon season extends from mid-June to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in the months of July and August. Intense rainfall up to 200 mm per day has been recorded during this period in the past. The annual average rainfall in Siliguri ranges between 2,600 mm to 4,000 mm.

Population: 513,264 (2011 Census)

Area: 41.9 sq. km.

No of wards: 47

Gender ratio: 946/1000 males

Literacy rate: 77%

Siliguri’s monsoon season is very intense and extends from mid-June to September, with the heaviest rainfall occurring in the months of July and August. Heavy to very heavy rainfalls of up to 200 mm per day has been recorded in the past and the annual average rainfall for Siliguri ranges between 2600 mm to 4000 mm. Also, the relative humidity during the monsoon season can go as high as 80% to 83%.

Siliguri city developed its Climate Resilient Cities Climate Action Plan with support from the CapaCITIES project and got it approved by its city council in September 2018. The climate action plan aimed at a low emission development pathway for Siliguri dubbed the “Gateway of Northeast India” can be found on the link below.

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Quick-win Projects

Leak Detection Machines to Reduce Non Revenue Water (NRW)

CapaCITIES project provided two Acoustic Leak Detection Machines to the Siliguri Municipal Corporation, and trained a team of engineers to operate them.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Water and waste water management

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Solid Waste Management System at Selected Wards

The SUNYA – Zero Waste Wards initiative was implemented in wards 2 and 17 of Siliguri on a pilot scale under the CapaCITIES project resulting in source segregation of waste at the household level.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Solid Waste Management

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Installation of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (AAQMS)

CapaCITIES project helped the city in installing four sensor based AAQMS in Siliguri’s Municipal Corporation main administrative building, Primary Health Center (PHC) at ward 36, Bhakti Nagar Police Station, and Mallaguri Police Outpost.

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Status: Completed in Phase 1

Sector: Air Pollution Monitoring

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Technical Assistance

Analysis, Measures for Reduction of Emissions, Improvement of Operation Prolongation of Lifetime

Through this study recommendations on optimal use of the existing (and rapidly filling up) dumpsite have been provided. Once implemented, these steps will help in better management of the existing dumpsite.

Status: Completed in Phase 1