Indore has emerged as the cleanest city in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the government’s cleanliness survey, Swachh Survekshan 2018. The survey, organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country.
Indore was the cleanest city in 2017 as well, but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. This time it was conducted for around 4,200 cities. The announcement was made by the MoS for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri on 16 May 2018. “I’ve lived in some of the cleanest cities in the world during my long stay abroad and I must tell you that the cleanliness levels in Indore and Bhopal give them a run for their money.”
On the other hand, Jharkhand has been adjudged the best-performing state in the survey, followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Compared to the previous surveys, this year’s exercise allocated substantial weight to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience.
Some of the other cities in the list are – Ghaziabad is ‘fastest mover’ city (population 10 lakh), Nagpur is the best city in ‘innovation and best practices’ (population 10 lakh), Navi Mumbai is the best city in ‘solid waste management’, Bhiwandi is ‘fastest mover’ city (population 3-10 lakh), Aligarh is the best city in ‘innovation and best practices’ (population 3-10 lakh), Mangalore is the best city in ‘solid waste management’ (population 3-10), New Delhi Municipal Council is the cleanest city (population 1-3 lakh), Greater Mumbai is cleanest state capital/UT, Bhusawal is ‘fastest mover’ city (population 1-3 lakh) and Kota is the best city in ‘citizens feedback’ (population 10 lakh), among others.