Indore again emerges as cleanest city, Bhopal maintains 2nd spot

Clay Curtis
May 17, 2018

"The overall and component-wise weightage for Swachh Survekshan-2018 had a shift from Swachh Survekshan-2017 weightages", the minister said. At the time of cleanliness survey, BMC staff along with Mayor Alok Sharma had intensified cleanliness drive in the city.

Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday won two awards under the Swachhata Survekshan 2018, the government's cleanliness survey. In 2016, the survey was conducted in 73 cities having a population of one million or more and the capital city of states or union territories. Only top three clean cities have been declared, with Indore ranked as the cleanest, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh.

Based on the survey, it was chose to confer awards on 29 cities and cantonment boards at the national level, 20 cities at the zonal level and three states for Best Performance in Urban Areas, he said. While Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) bagged the award for waste management, which includes segregation of waste and transportation from household to Jawaharnagar dumping yard and recycling it, the rank of the city for cleanliness has not been released yet. No matter wherever you go in the world, Chandigarh has a special vibe and it is said that once you have lived in Chandigarh, you'll not like any other city. Jharkhand's Ranchi was the best state capital as per citizen's feedback, while Goa's Panaji had the best innovation and practices. Notably last year in 2017, survey was conducted only for around 430 cities across the country, while this year cleanliness survey was carried out in around 4,200 cities of India. The move had also helped the civic body to make Nagpur city open defecation free.

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Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, announced the winners of the Swachh Survekshan 2018. Compared to the previous surveys, this year's exercise allocated substantial weight to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience.

With only the first three rankings being announced, the officials hope that the city would stand at least among the top 5 cleanest cities in the country. The city is far from being Swacch in the real sense of the term, the award notwithstanding.

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