For fifth year, Indore ranked cleanest city; Chhattisgarh cleanest state
Indore has been ranked India’s cleanest city for the fifth year in a row by Swachh Survekshan 2021, the central government’s annual cleanliness survey to promote sanitation in urban centres under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Surat and Vijaywada were ranked second and third cleanest respectively in the category of cities with over 10 lakh population.
Among the smaller cities with population between 1-10 lakh, New Delhi ranked first, followed by Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.
Varanasi was ranked the cleanest in the “Ganga town” category, followed by Munger and Patna.
Among the states with over 100 urban local bodies, Chattisgarh was ranked on top for the third consecutive year, followed by Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh; Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan were ranked last.
Among the states with less than 100 urban local bodies, Jharkhand, Haryana and Goa were ranked on top while Meghalaya, Kerala and Tripura were ranked last.
Ahmedabad Cantonment was adjudged “cleanest cantonment”, followed by Meerut Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment.
Presenting the awards on Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind said: “This year’s Swachh Survekshan Awards have special significance because we are celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’… Safai mitras and sanitation workers have continuously rendered their services, even during the Covid pandemic.”
He said environment conservation has been an integral part of India’s traditional lifestyle. “Today, the whole world is emphasising on environment protection… focus is on to reduce, reuse and recycle resources,” he said.
“Today, the mission has taken the shape of a people’s movement, a true jan andolan. This is also reflected in the massive growth of the Swachh Survekshan which began as a pilot in 2016 among 73 cities, and is the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey today,” said Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. He said the next few years will be dedicated to focusing on “holistic cleanliness – clean air, clean land, and clean water”.
The survey’s findings were based on assessments by field officers and citizens’ feedback on garbage disposal, open defecation free ratings, functionality and maintenance of community toilets and safe management of faecal sludge from the toilets.
Under the “Prerak Daaur Samman”, a new performance category introduced under Swachh Survekshan 2021, five cities – Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi Municipal Council and Tirupati — were categorised as ‘divya’ (platinum).
Maharashtra bagged a total of 92 awards, the highest by any state, followed by Chhattisgarh with 67 awards.
“Over the years, Swachh Survekshan (SS) has emerged as an effective tool for transforming the urban landscape. Despite the on-ground challenges posed by Covid-19, a team of over 2,000 assessors visited over 65,000 wards in a record time of 28 days,” the ministry said.