Swachh Survekshan 2019: Indore Bags ‘Cleanest City’ Title
The citizens' verdict on cleanliness in India is out and top-rankers, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand have a reason to cheer. The Swachh Survekshan 2019 indicates the sense of competition among states to come clean — in quite the literal sense — might be taking over, helping them get better.
"There is a need to change the mindset of the people towards cleanliness as many people pay a lot of attention to personal hygiene and cleanliness at home but not to public cleanliness. The culture of cleanliness has to become an integral part of in the lives of the citizens," President Ram Nath Kovind said while releasing the list on March 6.
For the third time in a row, Indore’s municipal corporation has emerged as the cleanest area in India. In the overall national ranking awarded to urban local bodies (ULBs) in the Central government’s Swachh Survekshan 2019, Ambikapur municipal corporation and Mysore municipal corporation have secured second and third positions, respectively.
Ahmedabad is the top performer in a list of cities that have a population of over 10 lakh. Raipur (2), Navi Mumbai (3), Jabalpur (4) and Surat (5) are the other top rankers in this category. Raipur has also been awarded the fastest mover in big city ranking while Navi Mumbai has been picked as the best big in ‘citizens’ feedback’. Jabalpur has bagged the title to be the ‘best city in innovation & best practices’ while Surat has been awarded as the ‘best city in waste management’.
The national ranking of medium cities where population ranges between 3-10 lakh, Ujjain, Mathura-Vrindavan, Chandrapur, Jhansi and Latur have won the top five positions.
While Delhi’s New Delhi Municipal Corporation area has been awarded the cleanest small city title, Uttar Pradesh’s Orai Nagar has been awarded the ‘fastest movers small city’. Small cities are those that have a population ranging between 1-3 lakh. In the citizens’ feedback category Tirupati has emerged as the best small city while Dewas is the top ranker in ‘best city in innovation & best practices’ category. Nagada has been awarded as the ‘best city in waste management’.
Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra have been ranked as the first, second and third best performing states in the country. While Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have been ranked fourth and fifth.
The findings of the Swachh Survekshan 2019 also reveal that Bhopal is the cleanest state capital in the country. Following Bhopal on the second and third positions are Chennai and Ranchi. Greater Mumbai and Chandigarh have been awarded the fourth and the fifth positions, respectively.