Indore has gained the title of “cleanest city” in India for the third consecutive year, as per the annual government survey held conducted under Swachh Survekshan 2019 award – followed by Ambikapur of Chhattisgarh and Mysuru of Karnataka.
Each year, the all cities and towns of India are surveyed based on their cleanliness and sanitation drive under the realms of Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan since 2014, and the best performing cities are awarded with ‘Swachh Cities’ title. On Wednesday, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Swachh Survekshan 2019 Award to the cleanest cities of India and Madhya Pradesh’s Indore became the cleanest city in India for third straight year, while the second position was held by Ambikapur of Chhattisgarh and Mysuru of Karnataka.
As per government data, 64 lakh people from over 4000 Indian cities and towns had participated in the survey based on various hygiene and sanitisation attributes like solid waste management, , sanitation facilities, drainage, wet and compost waste management as well as waste-to-energy plans. The fourth position in top 10 cleanest cities of India was adjudged by Ujjain, followed by Delhi, Ahmedabad Navi Mumbai, Tirupati, Rajkot and Devas in chronological order.
Other categories at the Swachh Survekshan 2019 awards included the “cleanest capital” title bagged by Bhopal, while Ujjain became the cleanest city under 3 lakh to one million population category. New Delhi Municipal Council area for the ‘Cleanest Small City’ award, Ahmedabad as ‘Cleanest Big City’, Raipur is the ‘Fastest Moving Big City’ and Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was awarded as the ‘Best Ganga Town’ as per this year’s central government survey.
With all urban areas covered across the nation, Swachh Survekshan 2019 became the largest cleanliness survey ever conducted in the world. And the motto of the survey and annual awards remains to be ensuring that the “momentum and efforts are sustained through periodic rankings based on data being provided by cities and citizens’ feedbacks” for a cleaner India.