City of palaces is India's Cleanest Medium City' tag

Aaron Brown
May 17, 2018

The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018 were announced yesterday where Chandigarh has been placed at the 3rd spot just after Indore and Bhopal in overall cleanliness.

Hyderabad was ranked India's best capital city for solid waste management by the Swachh Survekshan 2018 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.

"The on-field survey for Swachh Survekshan has been conducted by an independent agency and the data for ranking of the cities has been collected from three sources - service level progress; direct observation by random field visits, and the third was citizen feedback", said an official to The Times of India. Efforts made by BMC towards cleanliness in the city in last one year has fetched it the rank as this year 4,000 cities were participating in the survey. While deciding the awards, it has been kept in mind that one city gets only one award i.e the category in which it has performed the best.

Indore was the cleanest city in 2017 as well, but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. While Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao's constituency Siddipet was declared the cleanest city in the south zone, Bod Uppal was declared the best city in citizens' feedback and Peerzadiguda was declared the best city in innovation and best practices.

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Several drives included "Roko Toko" Abhiyaan to make the State capital open defecation free (ODF).

The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, which aims to estimate the levels of cleanliness across cities in the country, were announced by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri today. The Swachh Bharat Survey was conducted in February this year. The civic body had focused on ODF status for which along with public toilets, modular toilets were also placed across the city.

While a lot of work went in to becoming the cleanest cities in 2017, a lot more work went in to retaining these rankings in 2018, especially since other cities became serious about the competition.

Mayor Nanda Jichkar said the city failed on one ground - no segregation of garbage.

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