Every year, the government rolls out a ranked list of cities based on the cleanliness survey Swachh Survekshan conducted annually. This year, Indore has emerged as the cleanest city in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the government’s cleanliness survey, Swachh Survekshan 2018.

The Union Ministry of Urban Development carries out annual survey in India to check cleanliness of cities of the country under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban). The ministry ranks cities based on their cleanliness factor with a goal to encourage cleanliness and greener surroundings – which is the goal of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) that was launched in 2014. Propagating Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of cleaner nation, this drive has actually brought a substantial change in the country.


As per this year’s list, Indore of Madhya Pradesh has emerged out as the cleanest city in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh to sum up into top three cleanest cities in India. This is the second time that Indore and Bhopal topped the chart by figuring in the first and the second position among the cleanest cities in the country. But this year, the survey has covered 4,203 cities populated by 40 crore people, while in 2017 only 434 cities were surveyed. Whereas when it comes to the cleanest states, Jharkhand has been adjudged to be the best performing state in the survey, followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

The survey is made based on six parameters – Collection and transportation of municipal solid waste (30%), processing and disposal of solid waste (25%), Information, Education and Communication – IEC (5%), Capacity building (5%) and lastly, Innovation and best practices (5 %). Dedicated teams from Quality Council of India (QCI) completed the survey at all cities, during which, they inspected the progress of various development activities being conducted by respective municipalities and estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country. And, if you are wondering which cities performed worse in terms of cleanliness, then they will release names of the “worst-performing cities” soon.