Indore created a record by being judged India’s cleanest city for the 4th year in a row in the Swachh Survekshan 2020. Surat came second while Navi Mumbai took the third spot.
The Swachh Survekshan awards 2020 were announced by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri at a ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday.
As a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, every year since 2014 cities and towns are considered for being ‘Swachh Cities’ based on their cleanliness and sanitation drives.Varanasi was awarded the best Ganga town in the Central Government’s survey.
Chhattisgarh was the cleanest state the under the 100 Urban Local Bodies category, while Jharkhand was the leanest state of India in the same category.
In the category of population of less than 1 lakh, Maharashtra’s Karad bagged first position, followed by Saswad and Lonavala.
The Housing and Urban Affairs Minister said cities had highlighted novel ways to address sanitation and waste management through a mix of innovative thinking, technological interventions and active stakeholder engagement.
In the fifth edition of the survey, around 1.87 crore citizens took part from 4 thousand 242 cities, 62 cantonment boards and 92 towns along the Ganga river. 129 awards were given to the top performing cities and states in the Swachh Mahotsav event.
The Swachh Survekshan is aimed at generating large scale citizen participation, along with inculcating a spirit of healthy competition in becoming India’s cleanest cities. Mysuru was the cleanest city in the first edition of the survey, while Indore has retained top spot for four years since then.