Swachh Survekshan 2018: Indore the Cleanest City in India

Swachh Survekshan 2018: Indore the Cleanest City in India

The Union government has selected Mangaluru as "India's best city in solid waste management" under the categories of cities having a population between three lakh and 10 lakh under Swachhata Survekshan 2018.

A year ago also, Indore and Bhopal topped the chart by figuring in the first and the second position among the cleanest cities in the country.

While Vizag stood 205th in the ranking announced in 2015, it took major strides eventually to stand 5th and 3rd in the 2016 and 2017 rankings respectively.

During Swachh Survekshan 2018, a record number of 37.66 lakh citizen feedbacks were collected and 53.58 lakh Swachhata Apps downloaded. While deciding the awards, it has been kept in mind that one city gets only one award i.e the category in which it has performed the best. In 2017, the scope of Swachchh Survekshan was enlarged to cover 434 cities having a population of one lakh or more and Capital city of States/UTs and Indore was awarded as cleanest city of India. The names of the worst performing cities would be announced on the day the awards would be presented, Hardeep Puri, Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, said.

Hyderabad was ranked India's best capital city for solid waste management by the Swachh Survekshan 2018 survey.

Apart from introducing GPS-enabled wrist watches for sanitary workers, the NMC had constructed over 1,000 public toilets.

Several drives included "Roko Toko" Abhiyaan to make the State capital open defecation free (ODF).

This time, the Union Ministry of Urban Development survey was conducted in 4,200 cities, covering a population of 40 crore.

The total marks for the contest was 4,000 with 70 marks allotted for innovation.

The exercise was undertaken between 4th January to 10th March this year.

The cities were categorised by population. According to the officer, the central government is yet to release the full list. "City getting an award implies the plight of rest of the country". "Indore and New Mumbai are doing well when it comes to waste segregation", she said, adding that next year "Nagpur will score better as the civic body is all set to start bio-mining and waste to energy projects".

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