NEW DELHI: For the second consecutive year, Indore has been named India’s cleanest city under Swachh Survekshan 2018, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh.The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018 — a survey aimed at assessing all the municipal cities in the country for their progress on the government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission, were announced on Wednesday by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri.
Surprisingly, the Ministry of Urban Affairs did not release the full data comprising all the cities and their respective position in the cleanliness survey. The minister said that the full data will be made available soon as the dashboard is prepared.
Moreover, the list of cities does not mention Delhi’s municipal bodies anywhere in the ranking.
The list of cities also did not mention cities from states like Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Odisha. Officials claimed that the full list will have names of all the cities and their ranking.
Jharkhand has been adjudged as the ‘Best Performing State’ in the survey followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Vijayawada has been ranked as ‘Cleanest Big City’ and Tirupati as the ‘Best City in Solid Waste Management’.The exercise, undertaken between January 4 to March 10 enhanced the scope to cover a record number of urban local bodies (ULBs) impacting around 40 crore urban citizens across the country by 2,700 assessors.
As compared to 2017, when Swachh Survekshan was conducted in 434 cities, this year, the survey was conducted in more than 4,200 cities.Compared to the previous surveys, this year’s exercise allocated substantial weightage to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience.
Unlike in the past, the sanitation survey has ranked at national level and cities with population of less than one lakh were ranked at zonal level – North, South,East, West and North East.As per the Swachh Survekshan 2018, a record number of 37.66 lakh citizen feedbacks were collected and 53.58 lakh Swachhata apps were downloaded. The total number of interactions on the Swachhata app by citizens were around 1.18 crore.