New Delhi: The Swachh Survekshan 2019 results are out! Indore is India’s cleanest city for the third consecutive year, followed by Ambikapur and Mysuru which are ranked second and third this year, respectively. The results of the Swachh Survekshan 2019 were announced today by President Ram Nath Kovind and Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri. Swachh Survekshan 2019 is a pan India cleanliness survey that covered a total of 4,237 towns and cities and was conducted between January 4 to 31.
Here are the top highlights of the Swachh Survekshan 2019:
- Indore, Madhya Pradesh has been declared as the cleanest city for the third year
- Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh is the cleanest capital city
- Top 3 performing states are Chattisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra respectively
- Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, is the cleanest big city with a population of more than 10 lakhs
- Ujjain is India’s Cleanest Medium City with a population between 3-10 lakhs
- Gauchar in Uttrakhand has been adjudged as the cleanest Ganga city for the first time
- New Delhi Municipal Corporation is India’s Cleanest Small City (Population between 1-3 lakhs)
- Delhi Cantonment is the India’s Cleanest Cantonment.
- Best Performing state in Solid Waste Management is Madhya Pradesh
- Fastest movers- ‘Big City’ (Population >10 lakh): Raipur, Chhattisgarh; ‘Medium City’ (Population 3-10 lakh): Mathura-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh; Fastest Small City (Population 1-3 lakh): Orai, Uttar Pradesh; Fastest Capital/UT City: Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Mr. Puri also announced that that since 2014, the government has built around over 9.2 crore toilets across the country, resulting in the jump of basic sanitation coverage from 38.7 per cent to close to 99 per cent in February 2019.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.