Indore has emerged as the outright winner in what can be called as world’s largest cleanliness survey that covered 4,237 cities across India with feedback coming from 64 lakh citizens. This is the third time in a row that Indore has won the top slot in the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019, an initiative visioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
More than 41 lakh geotagged photos were captured from the field in a survey that was completed within 28 days. Chhatisgarh, Jharkhand and Maharashtra emerged as top performing state in cleanliness.
Here is the list of top achievers at the Union government's Swachh Survekshan awards 2019:
Cleanest City 1st rank: Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Cleanest City 2nd rank: Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh
Cleanest City 3rd rank: Mysore, Karnataka
Cleanest Small City: New Delhi Municipal Council area
Cleanest Big City: Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Cleanest Medium City: Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
Best Ganga Town: Gauchar, Uttarakhand
Fastest Moving Big City: Raipur, Chhattisgarh
Fastest Moving Medium Cities: Mathura-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
"There is a need to change the mindset of the people towards cleanliness as many people pay a lot of attention to personal hygiene and cleanliness at home but not to public cleanliness. The culture of cleanliness has to become an integral part of in the lives of the citizens," President Kovind said.
The President also said there is a need to include cleanliness in the curriculum of schools and higher educational institutions.
Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the urban transformation that is being attempted in the country is the most comprehensive and ambitious framework of planned urbanisation.
"The fact that urban sanitation had never before been brought to the centre-stage spoke of the common perception that cleaning urban India was an impossible task. These states and cities have risen to that challenge," Puri said.
"To ensure that the momentum and efforts are sustained, we are actively considering the idea of continuing this initiative by having periodic rankings based on data being provided by cities and citizens' feedback," he added.