Swachh Survekshan aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country.
Chandigarh, our city lovely has once again made it to the top cleanest cities of India as per the Indian Government's Swachh Survekshan Survey 2018. This time it was conducted for around 4,203 cities.
On Wednesday, a government survey ranked cities across the country in terms of cleanliness.
Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada was India's Cleanest Big City while the Fastest Mover Big City tag was given to Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, which rose to 32nd place from 356. In 2017, the scope of Swachh Sarvekshan was enlarged to cover 434 cities and Indore was awarded the Cleanest City tag. While there were widespread hopes that the city would improve its 3rd rank from past year and bag the top spot, the recently revealed data has proved otherwise. Jharkhand's Ranchi was the best state capital as per citizen's feedback, while Goa's Panaji had the best innovation and practices. "It was a conscious decision not to give more than one award to one city".
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Indore was the cleanest city in 2017 as well, but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities.
If you are wondering which are the "worst-performing cities", in terms of cleanliness, then you have to wait for a while.
After being declared an Open Defecation Free city, Hyderabad has now added one more feather to its cap. This year, 35% weightage was given to citizen feedback, 30% weightage to direct observation and 45 % percent weightage has been given to service level progress.
Eyeing the first rank, BMC took several initiatives including "Roko Toko" abhiyaan, segregation of dry and wet waste at the household level, setting up of bio-methanisation plants, round the clock sweeping of city, garbage collection, spot fines for spreading filth etc.in the city. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs released the awards. Another unique experiment carried out by BMC was radio station installed at Roshanpura Square which was assembled using scraps collected from the city under the initiative called "Kabaad se Jugaad" to spread awareness among locals about civic sense.