Swachh Survekshan Survey declares Indore as the ‘Cleanest City’ for 5th consecutive year

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Updated 2021/11/29 at 4:07 PM

Swachh Survekshan 2021, the central government’s annual cleanliness survey to promote sanitation in urban centres under the Swachh Bharat Mission, named Indore, Madhya Pradesh’s capital, the cleanest city for the fifth year in a row. Chhattisgarh was named the “cleanest state” for the second year in a row.

At the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’, held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind revealed the survey’s results and gave away prizes in the presence of Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others.

Surat and Vijayawada, both with populations of over 1 million, were recognised as the second and third cleanest cities, respectively. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) was named the cleanest city with a population of less than 1 million, with Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh taking second and third place, respectively. The NDMC region also took first place in the category of “India’s cleanest small city,” which includes cities with populations of between 1 lakh and 3 lakh people.

Maharashtra was named second cleanest after Chhattisgarh among states with more than 100 urban local bodies (ULBs), followed by Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. In this category, Bihar was the poorest performance.

For the second year in a row, Jharkhand was named the cleanest state in the “less than 100 ULBs” category. Haryana and Goa came in second and third, respectively. In this part, Meghalaya was at the bottom of the list.

“Mahatma Gandhi once said that hygiene is next only to godliness… Even during the Covid-19 outbreak, Safai Mitras and sanitation workers continued to provide services. In his message, the President said, “The administration is dedicated to ensuring that no sanitation worker’s life is jeopardised as a result of unsafe cleaning practices.”

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban 2.0 on October 1, with the objective of making all cities waste-free by 2026. It goes without saying that a garbage-free city necessitates garbage-free homes, streets, and neighbourhoods. The government, as well as all people, share responsibility for the campaign’s success. “At home, we must guarantee that everyone separates wet and dry garbage,” he continued.

Puri said that the Swachh Bharat Mission’s (urban) accomplishments were the product of unparalleled joint efforts.

“The massive growth of the Swachh Survekshan, which started as a pilot in 73 cities in 2016, reflects this.” “Over the next five years, we’ll concentrate on holistic cleanliness, which includes clean air, clean land, and clean water,” he stated.

According to the MOHUA, the sixth edition of Swachh Survekshan has become the world’s biggest urban cleanliness survey, with 4,320 cities participating.

The Centre had 73 cities participate in its first study, which took place in 2016. In the next year, the number progressively increased to 434.

With 4,203 cities covered in 2018, the survey’s scope and intensity of participation expanded, and in 2019, the ministry reached 4,237 cities. It climbed slightly to 4,242 in 2020.

“Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 on the ground, a team of more than 2,000 assessors visited over 65,000 wards in a record-breaking 28 days.” This year’s Survekshan, which included 4,320 cities, had a record quantity of public input – over 5 crores, compared to 1.87 crores the previous year. “SS 2021 has also assisted in the identification of over 6,000 innovations and best practises in sanitation and waste management from throughout urban India,” according to a statement released by the ministry.

Maharashtra received the most awards with 92, the most of any state, followed by Chhattisgarh with 67. In addition, five cities – Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, NDMC, and Tirupati – were designated as ‘Divya’  (Platinum) under the Prerak Daaur Samman, a new performance category created under Swachh Survekshan 2021.

The municipal corporations in Delhi’s north, east, and south continued to perform poorly.

North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North DMC) was rated 45th out of 48 cities with populations above one million. The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) came in at number 40, while the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) came in at number 31.

In Swachh Survekshan last year, the EDMC was rated 46 out of 47 local entities in this area. The south was rated 31st, whereas the north was placed 43rd.

Surat (Gujarat) took top rank among the cleanest districts, followed by Indore (MP) and the NDMC region (New Delhi).

In the major (more than 100 ULBs) and small (less than 100 ULBs) state categories, Karnataka and Mizoram were named the “fastest mover states.”

With a 274-rank climb from 361st in the 2020 rankings to 87th this year, Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh) has also achieved a spot among the top 100 cities.

The cities of Vita, Lonavala, and Sasvad in Maharashtra took the top three rankings in the ‘less than 1 lakh’ population category. Varanasi got the title of “Best Ganga Town,” while Ahmedabad Cantonment was named “India’s Cleanest Cantonment.”

 

Source: Hindustan Times

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