New Delhi: The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, which is called the world’s largest cleanliness survey, by the government will be announced today. The assessment programme which went from January 4 to March 10 assessed 4,203 cities, covering more than 40 crore urban population in the country. From India’s top 5 cleanest cities in 2017, Indore, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru to the worst performing cities of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, each and every city walked an extra mile to improve their ranking this year.
Five things to know about Swachh Survekshan:
- The first Swachh Survekshan that covered mere 73 cities was held in 2016. Mysuru, the third most populous city was crowned with the title of ‘India’s Cleanest City’ followed by Chandigarh and Tiruchirapalli, commonly known as Trichy.
- The second Swachh Survekshan, the one held in 2017, got bigger and better. It covered 434 cities, with a population of one lakh and above, in which Indore secured first position as opposed to its earlier 25th position and Mysuru slipped to fifth position.
- Swachh Survekshan 2018 has widened the coverage of the survey to 4,203 cities, which is almost 10 fold increase from last year’s survey and that is why the government is calling this as ‘world’s largest cleanliness survey’.
- This year the cities have been evaluated on six different parameters,
-Collection and transportation of municipal solid waste (30 per cent)
-Processing and disposal of municipal solid waste (25 per cent)
–Sanitation related progress (30 per cent)
-IEC (Information, Education and Communication) (5 per cent)
-Capacity building (5 per cent)
-Innovation and best practices (5 per cent)
- This year, cities will be ranked out of the total of 4,000 marks. While over 1200 marks are kept for direct observation, 1400 marks will be granted on the basis of citizen feedback and service level progress.