Swachh Survekshan 2021: Indore is India's cleanest city for 5th time in a row; Surat and Vijaywada bags 2nd, 3rd spot | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
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Swachh Survekshan 2021: Indore is India's cleanest city for 5th time in a row; Surat and Vijaywada bags 2nd, 3rd spot

Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Nov 20, 2021 06:53 PM IST

Chhattisgarh has been awarded cleanest state in the annual cleanliness survey while Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh has won the cleanest Ganga town in the Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards.

Indore has once again bagged the award for being India’s cleanest city as President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday announced the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards. This is the fifth time in a row the city in Madhya Pradesh has won the award in the sixth edition of the event.

Indore beat Surat for second year in a row to become India's cleanest city.(HT PHOTO)
Indore beat Surat for second year in a row to become India's cleanest city.(HT PHOTO)

Surat in Gujarat, which grabbed the second spot in the cleanest cities’ list last year, has retained its position this year as well. Meanwhile, Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh has bagged the third position in the list. In 2020, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra was adjudged as the third cleanest city in India.

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Chhattisgarh has been awarded cleanest state in the annual cleanliness survey while Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh has won the cleanest Ganga town in the Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards.

Taking to Twitter, Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri congratulated Indore and its “people, political leadership and municipal corporation,” among others.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also congratulated the people of Indore "for doing wonders” and achieving the feat of India's cleanest for the fifth time successively by posting messages on Twitter as well as Koo. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also took to the micro-blogging sites to congratulate the “Indoris and the cleaning workers” of the city.

As many as 342 cities were conferred with some star rating in this year's annual cleanliness survey, with a total of 4,320 cities taking part in it. The Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA) that conducted the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards with the Quality Council of India (QCI) under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) said in a statement earlier that the sixth edition of the event has become the “world's largest urban cleanliness survey.”

The first survey was launched in 2016 with a total of 73 cities involved, which increased to 4,242 cities by 2020. The objective of the survey is encourage Indian cities and towns to implement mission initiatives in a timely and innovative way. It also motivates large scale participation of citizens in upgrading the cleanliness of their city/town, ensure sustainability of measures taken towards garbage free and open defecation free cities, and to create awareness among various strata of society for working together to make their cities/towns more habitable, among others.

The cities are ranked on three parameters - service level progress (SLP), certifications and citizen's voice. In SLP, data is provided by the urban local bodies (ULBs) whereas in certifications, garbage free cities (GFC) rating and open defecation free (ODF) cities, and water ratings are taken into consideration. For citizen's voice, “feedback, experience, engagement, swachhata app and innovation” are taken into consideration. A city or town's final score is decided after adding the points from each of the three parameters.

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