Swachh Survekshan 2018: Indore, Bhopal, Chandigarh cleanest in India

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

Jharkhand has emerged as the best-performing state in terms of cleanliness, while Indore in Madhya Pradesh was adjudged the cleanest city in the country, according to the government cleanliness survey released on Wednesday.

These cities are among the Swachhata Survekshan 2018 winners which were announced by Mr Hardeep Puri, Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs here.

Among the four awards announced in the South Zone, three awards were bagged by Telangana, while the fourth award Best City in "Solid Waste Management" was bagged by Hunsur, Karnataka.

Talking at a press conference, the Hardeep Singh Puri said, "Looking at the way big winning cities had turned the Swacchta into a Jan Andolan, I am not surprised at the results".

"I've lived in some of the cleanest cities in the world during my long stay overseas and I must tell you that the cleanliness levels in Indore and Bhopal give them a run for their money", the minister tweeted with #SwachhSurvekshan2018. But this year, the survey has covered 4,203 cities while in 2017 only 434 cities were surveyed.

Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada was India's Cleanest Big City while the Fastest Mover Big City tag was given to Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, which rose to 32nd place from 356. "The survey was organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)", Puri said. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) got the tag of India's "cleanest small city" (urban local body) with population between 0.1 million and 0.3 million in the 2018 survey.

During Swachh Survekshan 2018, a record number of 37.66 lakh citizen feedbacks were collected and 53.58 lakh Swachhata Apps downloaded. Compared to the previous surveys, this year's exercise allocated substantial weight to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience. In case a city has already been awarded in some category, next best is awarded in the other category.

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