NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: In an attempt to boost tourism, the Ministry of Tourism has for the first time come up with a cleanliness index for 36 cities for 2015, based on a survey by a dedicated team with local and municipal officials and tourists.
Chennai, with a cleanliness index of 62, is rated 16 by the Tourism Ministry study. Of the six factors considered for the study, three, including cleanliness of public toilets, drinking water facilities and eateries pulled down the city’s rating. However, it did relatively well in sewer/drainage cleaning, garbage collection and disposal and cleanliness of ambience, the study said.
The study assigned colour coding to the cities based on their score. Those with a score of over 80 were categorised as green and those that scored 61–80, blue. While scores of 31–60 put them in the black category, those with up to 30 were categorised as red. Chennai was in the blue class.