New Delhi: The results of Swachh Survekshan 2019 have been announced and for the third time in a row, Madhya Pradesh’s Indore has bagged the title of ‘India’s Cleanest City’. Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur which was rewarded as one of India’s best city in ‘Innovation and Best Practices’ (population 1 – 3 lakh) category in Swachh Survekshan 2018, secured the second position and Karnataka’s Mysuru, ‘India’s Cleanest Medium City’ as per Swachh Survekshan 2018, grabbed the third position. The results of what the government claims is world’s largest cleanliness survey were announced by President Ram Nath Kovind, the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra.
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
Swachh Survekshan 2019, a pan India exercise to assess cities of India on their swachh quotient, was kick-started on January 4 and continued till January 31. The 28 day long survey assessed 4,237 towns and cities and 62 Cantonment Boards.
This year 97 Ganga towns were also assessed and Uttarakhand’s Gauchar bagged the ‘Best Ganga Town’ award.
In Swachh Survekshan 2019, Chhattisgarh has been declared as the ‘Best Performing State’, followed by Jharkhand and Maharashtra.
Cleanest Cities In Swachh Survekshan 2019
Cleanest Big City (Population >10 lakh): Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Cleanest Medium City (Population 3-10 lakh): Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Cleanest Small City (Population 1-3 lakh): New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi
Cleanest Capital/UT City: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Fastest Movers In Swachh Survekshan 2019:
Fastest Big City (Population >10 lakh): Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Fastest 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
Swachh Survekshan 2019
This year, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) revised the weightage for overall assessment. Cities were ranked out of the total of 5,000 marks as opposed to 4,000 marks in Swachh Survekshan 2018. The data was equally collected from four different sources – citizen feedback, direct observation, service level progress and certification for garbage and open defecation free cities. The new entrant in the marksheet was ‘certification’, broadly divided into two categories – garbage free cities and open defecation free (ODF) cities. As part of the 100 per cent digital and paperless Swachh Survekshan 2019, 4.5 lakh documents were uploaded by cities.
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.