Swachh Survekshan 2018: Welcome to spick and span Indore

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

Though things are better than they were when it was pushed to 29th spot a year ago, the hope is that the authorities as well as citizens will not get carried away by the latest award for the city but focus unrelentingly on making it genuinely clean.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri released the results of the Swachh Survekshan 2018 pan-India cleanliness survey on Wednesday, in which Madhya Pradesh's Indore has retained its title of India's cleanest city, while Bhopal is once again India's second cleanest. This year, however, only the top three national ranks were announced and the survekshan followed the practice of "one city, one award". A three-member team from Quality Council of India (QCI) completed the survey in the city in the first week of February as part of the assessment for the Swachh Survekshan-2018 rankings.

Based on the survey, it was chose to confer awards on 29 cities and cantonment boards at the national level, 20 cities at the zonal level and three states for Best Performance in Urban Areas, he said. Telangana's Hyderabad got the award for the best capital in solid waste management.

Boduppal on the city's outskirts in Ranga Reddy district was titled the best town in the south with the highest percentage of positive citizen feedback on civic amenities. Each city was rated only for one award.

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The names of the worst performing cities would be announced on the day the awards would be presented, Puri said.

Indore had been rated the cleanest city in India and Bhopal the second cleanest city in the country in the Swachh Sarvekshan 2017 too.

Several drives included "Roko Toko" Abhiyaan to make the State capital open defecation free (ODF). The survey, organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country.

While a lot of work went in to becoming the cleanest cities in 2017, a lot more work went in to retaining these rankings in 2018, especially since other cities became serious about the competition. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.

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