According to the Central Government’s cleanliness survey, the city of Indore has been adjudged India’s cleanest city for the fourth consecutive time. Indore is followed by Rajkot and Navi Mumbai for their cleanliness quotient. By Ritika Dixit
The results of Swachh Survekshan League 2020 were recently announced by Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. According to the results, Indore emerged as the cleanest city in Swachh Survekshan League. The city secured the first spot in the 10 lakh plus population category for both the quarters. Bhopal and Surat secured the second and the third spot respectively in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Rajkot secured the second spot, and Navi Mumbai stood third.
The sole motive of the Swachh Survekshan League is to ensure that municipal authorities continue to take steps in improving sanitation throughout the year, rather than focussing on it only for a few months so as to improve their ranking in the annual survey conducted by the centre. With the participation of 4,372 cities in the league — including municipal areas with a population between 25,000 and 10 lakhs — it is evident that the rankings have gained acceptance among citizens. Nearly all urban areas are trying their best to make it to the top of the list of cleanest Indian cities and towns.
Among cantonment boards, Delhi Cantt stood first, while the second and third positions were held by Jhansi and Jalandhar Cantt Board, respectively. While Indore retained its top spot on the list, the cities that got a stinker in the first quarter of the Swachh rankings include Sursand (in Sitamarhi district) and Harnaut (in Nalanda district), while Karnataka’s Kudremukh and Telangana’s Badangpet were included in the second quarter.
The fifth edition of the annual urban cleanliness survey will be conducted by the Ministry of Urban Affairs, and is scheduled to commence from January 4, 2020 across India.