According to the recent survey, Swachh Survekshan 2018 conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) pan India, the three cleanest cities of India are Indore, Bhopal, and Chandigarh. The result of this survey was announced by Minister of State for Housing, Hardeep Singh Puri on May 16, 2018.
About Swachh Survekshan 2018
Swachh Survekshan 2018 is organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), under the sponsorship of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) to keep a check on the cleanliness and sanitation levels of different cities across India. The main focus of this survey is to foster a spirit of competition among the cities and offer an overall assessment of their sanitation status.
The Swachh Survekshan 2018 was set into motion in 4,203 cities across India from January 4, 2018, to March 10, 2018. This year’s analysis was substantially made on the basis of the feedback received from the citizens on their daily experiences and the data submitted by the civic bodies on cleanliness sanitation. The survey data is collected from three main sources, of which the direct feedback from the citizens and performance of the Swachhata App (a citizen’s grievances mobile application) are the most important.
Parameters of performance
The performance of each city was assessed on the basis of five key thematic parameters-
1. Municipal solid waste – sweeping, collection, transportation, processing and its disposal
2. Open defecation free/toilets
3. Capacity building and eLearning
4. Provision of public & community toilet seats
5. Information, education and communication, and behaviour change
Cleanest Cities of India
1. Indore: Indore has once again emerged as the cleanest city of India for the second time after the survey of 2017. No short-cuts and quick-fixes, but a long and arduous road led to this honour. All credit goes to the constant efforts of the swachhata workers and the citizens of the city who are keeping the city of Indore neat and clean. Around 4000 public toilets were created and more than 1800 workers recruited to drive this movement.
2. Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal has been ranked as India’s second cleanest city for two consecutive years. Bhopal is known as the City of Lakes for its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is also one of the greenest cities in India. It was a mix of awareness, implementation of laws and some clever administrative thinking civic authorities in Bhopal that helped this city move up in rankings over 2018.
3. Chandigarh: The beautiful city of Chandigarh has been declared as the third cleanest city in the country according to the survey under Swachh Survekshan 2018. There are 25 park development societies in Chandigarh that are creating compost out of their green waste. The city has put in a lot of efforts to win back its spot in the top cleanest cities of India in the last couple of years.