New Delhi: Indore is India’s cleanest city for the fifth time in a row and Chhattisgarh is cleanest state for the third time, as per the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ results announced by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry. The second and third positions in the ‘cleanest city’ category of the ‘Swachh Survekshan Awards, 2021’ were secured by Surat and Vijayawada, respectively. President Ram Nath Kovind gave away the awards in the presence of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on November 20.
Here are the top highlights of the Swachh Survekshan 2021:
- Top 3 Cleanest Cities:
a. Indore, Madhya Pradesh
b. Surat, Gujarat
c. Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh
- Top 3 Cleanest States (More than 100 Urban Local Bodies):
c. Madhya Pradesh
- Cleanest Ganga Towns:
a. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
b. Munger, Bihar
c. Patna, Bihar
- Cleanest cities with less than one lakh population:
a. Vita, Maharashtra
b. Lonavala, Maharashtra
c. Sasvad, Maharashtra
- Top 3 Cleanest states (Less than 100 Urban Local Bodies)
- New Delhi Municipal Council secured the first position in the country’s cleanest small city category of 1-3 lakh population, while Hoshangabad and Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) emerged as the “Fastest Mover small city” and “Best Small City in Citizens’ Feedback” categories, respectively.
- Navi Mumbai also got the first position as India’s ‘cleanest big city’ in the category of 10-40 lakh population. Noida emerged as the country’s ‘cleanest medium city’ in the category of 3-10 lakh population.</li
- Cleanest Cantonment Boards:
a. Ahmedabad, Gujarat
b. Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
- Under the survey, a total of nine cities – Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada and Patan – have been certified with 5 star city ratings under the garbage-free city category while 143 cities have been rated as 3 star.
- According to the ministry, Maharashtra has bagged a total of 92 awards, the highest by any state, followed by Chhattisgarh with 67 awards.
Swachh Survekshan is a pan India annual cleanliness survey that ranks India’s cities, towns and states based on sanitation, waste management and overall cleanliness. The ministry said in the latest nationwide cleanliness survey, 4,320 cities were covered in 28 days, adding that over 4.2 core people had given their feedback.
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