Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Indore tops clean city list, Bhopal 2nd

Indore tops clean city list, Bhopal 2nd

The Swachh Sarvekshan results of all municipal corporations across the country were declared on Wednesday, and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is not among the top three cities. State ranking was introduced in this year's survey, which was conducted between January 4 and March 10.

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. "I've lived in some of the cleanest cities in the world during my long stay overseas and I must tell you that the cleanliness levels in Indore and Bhopal give them a run for their money", he said. The news of Chandigarh being ranked as the third cleanest city of India in 2018 has brought cheers to the residents of Chandigarh.

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Besides the city winning in the best capital category, under the south zonal awards three cities from Telangana - Siddipet, Bod Uppal and Peerzadiguda also found a mention.

The awards were announced by Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).

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Past year the government's cleanliness survey was conducted in 434 cities, but this time, Bhopal had to compete with 4203 cities across the country to retain its position. Apart from this, other efforts such as separate dust bins for dry and wet waste, biomethanisation plants, sweeping of the city round-the-clock, spot fines for spreading filth etc failed to fetch Bhopal number one rank. "You have to wait to get the details of rankings of all cities, including the ones that did badly", an official said.

Several drives included "Roko Toko" Abhiyaan to make the State capital open defecation free (ODF). The Swachh Bharat Survey was conducted in February this year. It has, though, bagged the first position for Most Clean Capital City. 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. The civic body has scored full marks under this category too.

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On the establishment front, more staff was recruited for garbage collection, new vehicles have been purchased and dumping of garbage at designated spots has been disallowed. Download The for your English and other languages.

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