As per the Swachh Survekshan 2018 report, Indore in Madhya Pradesh once again emerged as the cleanest city in India followed by Bhopal on the second spot and Chandigarh on the 3rd while Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh is ranked as the fastest mover big city. The announcement was made in New Delhi by Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Besides this, Vijaywada of Andhra Pradesh is the India’s cleanest big city with the population of over 10 Lakh. The New Delhi Municipal Council is the country’s cleanest small city having a population between 1 lakh to three lakhs. Jharkhand has been declared the best-performing state followed by Maharashtra.
In the last year survey, 430 cities were involved among which Indore took the lead while in 2018, the survey extended to 4,200 cities, but by becoming an ideal city again in terms of cleanliness, Indore again took the topmost spot.
According to the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) deputy general Chandra Bhushan, “There is a clear improvement in the methodology adopted by the survey- we see more focus on innovation, and on adoption of sustainable waste management practices”.
He further added, “However, some of the cities that have been selected for the awards are merely visibly clean and cannot claim to have adopted sustainable practices”.
In the category of India’s cleanest city with 3-10 lakh bracket, Mysuru has been ranked as the cleanest city with its most effective waste management capability.
Programme manager of CSE, Swati Singh Sambyal talked about the Mysuru waste management system by saying that, “Mysuru, for instance, a pioneer in waste management, has been ranked as the India’s cleanest city in the 3-10 lakh population bracket. Mysuru treats close to 60 tonnes of wet waste and 90 tonnes of dry waster every day through a decentralized waste management system, and 85 % of the city is segregating its waste”.