New Delhi: For the third time in a row, Madhya Pradesh’s Indore retained its cleanest city of India title in the Swachh Survekshan 2019. The results were announced today by the President first then Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, along with President Ramnath Kovind, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri and Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra awarded the swachh cities of India at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan. Madhya Pradesh had a lot to celebrate as Bhopal has been ranked as India’s cleanest capital city and Ujjain has achieved the title of India’s cleanest medium city in Swachh Survekshan 2019. Overall, Madhya Pradesh has attained the title of ‘best-performing state in solid waste management’.
This time, 2019 Swachh Survekshan assessed 4,237 cities of India and 62 Cantonment board in a record time of 28 days. It is being touted as the world’s largest cleanliness survey by the government and is the fourth such survey done by the centre to evaluate the progress cities have made in achieving the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan goals.
Here’s How Indore Became India’s Cleanest City
From becoming one of India’s first city to attain the title of Open Defecation Free Plus Plus (ODF ++), which means total sanitation in terms of solid waste management in addition to open defecation free tag to ensuring 100 per cent waste segregation at source, and clearing out its Devguradiya landfill site with 15 lakh tonnes of legacy waste in order to become a no landfill city, Indore has set a successful swachh example and has gone all out to consistently stay on top of the Swachh Leaderboard.
One of the reasons why Indore has continued to retain its cleanest city of India title is the way it has been managing the waste – be it in terms of composting or recycling. Currently, Indore boosts of 100 per cent waste segregation and is also one of the only cities in the country that has 36,000 households managing their own organic waste. Moreover, even the city’s bulk generators are managing their own waste and helping the city adhere to its swachh goal.
The city is also known for converting waste from its biggest vegetable mandis into CNG. Currently, Indore is generating 1400 kgs of CNG per day and sustaining 15 of its Urban Local Bodies bus transportation services through it. Along with this, plastic waste from the city is being successfully collected and converted into diesel. The CITY’S treatment plant is able to process 8 tonnes of plastic every day and give 3500 litres of diesel on a daily basis.
Reactions Pour In To Congratulate Indore
Giving a big thumbs up to Indore for its swachh success, President Ram Nath Kovind at the award ceremony function said,
By winning the first prize in all the surveys so far, Indore City has set a successful swachh example. I would like to thank the citizens of Indore, authorities, for their contribution.
अब तक हुए सभी चार सर्वेक्षणों में प्रथम पुरस्कार प्राप्त करके इंदौर शहर ने एक मिसाल कायम की है।
स्वच्छता के काम को ज़मीन पर अंजाम देने वाले सभी स्वच्छताकर्मियों और स्वच्छाग्रहियों के योगदान के लिए, मैं उन सबको, पूरे राष्ट्र की ओर से धन्यवाद देता हूँ — राष्ट्रपति कोविन्द
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 6, 2019
Minister Hardeep Singh Puri adds,
Absolutely Brilliant! Indore is India’s Cleanest City for 3rd year running. My heartiest congratulations to the Swachhagrahis of Indore for their unmatched dedication and participation in transforming Swachh Bharat into a Jan Andolan.
Indore is India’s Cleanest City for 3rd year running.
My heartiest congratulations to the Swachhagrahis of Indore for their unmatched dedication & participation in transforming Swachh Bharat into a Jan Andolan. #SwachhSurvekshan2019 pic.twitter.com/ZncqtiArLg
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) March 6, 2019
Mayor of Indore, India’s Cleanest City, Malini Gaur said,
Indore has retained its title of being India’s cleanest city for the third consecutive year. A big thanks to the people of Indore, the entire municipal team for their swachh dedication.
बधाई व धन्यवाद इंदौर
स्वच्छ सर्वेक्षण 2019 में पुनः नं.1 आया है।
स्वच्छता में लगातार तीसरी बार नं.1 आना सम्पूर्ण शहर के लिए गौरव की बात है। इंदौर की जनता, नगर निगम की पूरी टीम व मीडिया को बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद।#SwachhSurvekshan2019#IndoreRahegaNo1#CleanestCityofIndia pic.twitter.com/U47Akfnrmu
— Malini Laxmansingh Gaur (@GaurMalini) March 6, 2019
Congratulating Madhya Pradesh on its success in Swachh Survekshan 2019, Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker Lok Sabha added,
In the Swachh Survekshan 2019, Madhya Pradesh’s Indore has been chosen as the cleanest city, whereas, the cleanest capital award has been given to Bhopal and the cleanest medium city has been given to Ujjain. Indore has achieved the hat-trick of cleanliness. It has retained the title of being India’s cleanest city for the third consecutive year.
स्वच्छता सर्वेक्षण में मध्य प्रदेश से देश के सबसे स्वच्छ शहर 'इंदौर', सबसे स्वच्छ राजधानी 'भोपाल' और 10 लाख की आबादी का सबसे स्वच्छ शहर 'उज्जैन' चुना गया. इंदौर ने सफाई की हैट्रिक लगायी है. वो इस साल लगातार तीसरी बार स्वच्छता सर्वे में नंबर वन रहा. #SwachhBharat #IndoreNumber1
— Sumitra Mahajan 'tai' (@S_MahajanLS) March 6, 2019
And it continues..
स्वच्छता में इंदौर को पुनः प्रथम स्थान प्राप्त करने पर समस्त इंदौरवासियों को एवं महापौर श्रीमती @GaurMalini जी को अनेकानेक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं। इंदौर ने स्वच्छता का यह खिताब तीसरे वर्ष भी अपने नाम रख मध्यप्रदेश को पूरे देश में गौरवान्वित किया है।#Indore
— Bhuppendra Siingh (@bhupendrasingho) March 6, 2019
बधाई, इंदौर ने लगाई हेट्रिक !!!
नगर निगम इंदौर की मेहनत, लोगों की जागरूकता ने इंदौर को एक बार फिर देश में स्वच्छता में नंबर-वन बनाया।
इसके लिए नगर निगम के साथ शहर की जनता को श्रेय जाता है! pic.twitter.com/YbTY5xE72k
— Kailash Vijayvargiya (@KailashOnline) March 6, 2019
I congratulate Mayor of Indore Smt @GaurMalini , administration and People of Indore as Indore selected India’s Cleanest City for the 3rd time. People of Indore are working greatly towards the cleanliness mission of PM Sh @narendramodi #SwachhSurvekshan2019 pic.twitter.com/vNrY6m62tU
— Rakesh Singh (@MPRakeshSingh) March 6, 2019
— Aditi Garg IAS (@AditiGargIAS) March 6, 2019
Swachh sarvekshan 2019
India's 1st cleanest city -"Indore"
Congratulations to all indorian bhiyao????????
— pulkit pawar (@pawar_pp31) March 6, 2019
— amisha kabra (@amishakabra1) March 6, 2019
— Vijay Patil (@ViijayPatil) March 6, 2019
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