Indore has bagged the title of the cleanest city in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh. While there were widespread hopes that the city would improve its 3rd rank from a year ago and bag the top spot, the recently revealed data has proved otherwise.
Hyderabad was ranked India's best capital city for solid waste management by the Swachh Survekshan 2018 survey. 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.
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, announced the winners of the Swachh Survekshan 2018. It enhanced the scope to cover a record number of Urban Local Bodies impacting around 40 crore urban citizens by 2700 assessors.
A total of 73 cities were covered in the Swachata Sarvekshan 2016, 434 cities were covered in the Swachata Sarvekshan 2017 and the pool was expanded to 4,041 cities in 2018. Bhopal lost the first position to Indore despite all the efforts and mechanisms undertaken by the BMC.
According to the Swachchh Survekshan 2018, Vijayawada is the cleanest among big cities having more than 10 lakh population, while Mysuru has emerged as the cleanest among cities with population of three lakh to 10 lakh. Based on the performance in Swacch Survekshan, 2018, it has been chose to confer awards 29 cities/ cantonment boards at National Level, 20 cities at Zonal Level and 3 states having the best performance in the urban areas.
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Delhi Cantonment has been adjudged the best Cantonment Board in the country, followed by Almora and Ranikhet Board in Uttrakhand.
The names of the worst performing cities would be announced on the day the awards would be presented, Puri said.
Swachh Survekshan aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country.
Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday won two awards under the Swachhata Survekshan 2018, the government's cleanliness survey. There are other cities that have topped in various categories like - Small city, big cities having more than one million population, cleanest municipal corporation body, cleanest cantt, the cleanest city among state capitals etc.