Indore is fourth time topper in India’s clean city survey

21 Aug 2020


Indore has retained its title as the country’s cleanest city retaining its top position in the `Swachh Survekshan 2020’, a fourth consecutive year. The government today announced the results of annual survey of cleanliness, in which Gujarat’s Surat has been placed on the second spot and Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai on third.

Karnataka’s Mysuru had won the award for the cleanest city of India in the first edition of the survey, while Indore has retained the top position for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019).
Indore, Ambikapur, Navi Mumbai, Surat, Rajkot and Mysuru have been rated as 5-Star cities while 86 cities have been rated as 3-Star and 64 other cities as 1-Star cities.
“Swachh Survekshan will continue to help us in sustaining the gains made under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U), while providing a comprehensive roadmap to institutionalize the concept of total Swachhata among all our cities,” Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS in the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA),  said while giving away the awards for Swachh Survekshan 2020, the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness urban survey conducted by the ministry.
As the performance of cities rightly show, we are well on our way to creating not just a ‘Swachh’ (clean) but a ‘Swasth’ (healthy), ‘Sashakt’ (empowered),‘Sampann’ (prosperous) and Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) New India!”, he added.
While Indore won the coveted title of the Cleanest City of India, Surat and Navi Mumbai won the second and third position respectively (in the > 1 lakh population category). Chhattisgarh won the prestigious title of the Cleanest State of India in the > 100 ULB category while Jharkhand was adjudged the Cleanest State of India in the <100 ULB category. The minister also handed over an additional 117 awards in various categories, including those for “municipal commissioners and swachhta warriors,” in the online event.
SS 2020 survey report released along with reports on innovations and best practices and the report on assessment of Ganga Towns showed:
  • 4,324 urban ULSs declared ODF so far;
  • 1,319 cities certified ODF+ and 489 cities certified ODF++
  • More than 66 lakh individual household toilets and over 6 lakh community/ public toilets were constructed; and
  • Over 59,900 toilets across 2900+ cities made live on Google Maps.
SS 2021 will focus on wastewater treatment and reuse along with faecal sludge, legacy waste management and remediation of landfills. 
A new performance category, `Prerak Dauur Samman’, has been introduced in SS 2021 with five additional sub-categories - Divya (Platinum), Anupam (Gold), Ujjwal (Silver), Udit (Bronze) and Aarohi (Aspiring).
Addressing the winners and citizens, the minister said that it is over five years that the prime minister spoke of his dream of a Swachh Bharat. “Today, we feel immensely proud, as well as humbled, to see how every citizen of urban India have come together to make that dream a tangible reality.”
This mission has created a deep impact on people’s health, livelihoods, quality of life and most importantly, in their thoughts and their behaviour. The minister further exhorted everyone to play their part and be a true Swachhata Warrior.

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