Swachh Survekshan 2019 Awards: Indore judged Cleanest City for third time; Bhopal Cleanest Capital

President Ram Nath Kovind on 06 March 2019 conferred the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019 at a ceremony in New Delhi. Indore was adjudged as India’s Cleanest City for the third consecutive year in the central government’s cleanliness survey, while Bhopal was named as the ‘Cleanest Capital’ of India. Indore reported a 70 percent drop in vector-borne ailments in 2019, which is being attributed to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Key Highlights:

1. Indore awarded as Cleanest City; Ambikapur in Chattisgarh was acknowledged as second India’s Cleanest City overall and became a role model for other towns in the state, followed by Mysuru as the third cleanest city.
2. The New Delhi Municipal Council area was given the ‘Cleanest Small City’ Award, and Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was bestowed as the ‘Best Ganga Town’ in the cleanliness survey.
3. Gujarat’s Ahmedabad was named as the Cleanest Big City in the population category of more than 10 lakh people.
4. Chhattisgarh has also emerged India’s top performer among states, followed by Jharkhand and Maharashtra.
5. Ujjain bagged the award for being the Cleanest Medium City in the population category of 3 lakh to 10 lakh.
6. The survey found that cities undertook novel ways to address issues of sanitation and waste management including conducting zero-waste public events, converting floral waste to value-added products, cultivating of Oyster Mushrooms from agricultural and kitchen waste in used plastic bottles, etc.

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