It seems that Indian Government is taking Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign to a next level through Swachh Survekshan 2018, which has increased its scale by surveying 4,203 cities (including 61 cantonment boards) from 73 and 434 cities surveyed previous years. Yes, the cleanest cities list has been declared by Hardeep S. Puri, minister of Housing and Urban Affairs and Indore still retains its first position amongst the top cleanest cities in India 2018.
KEY TAKEAWAYS OF THE ARTICLE
- Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
- Objective of Swachh Sarvekshan
- Top 10 Cleanest Cities in India 2018
- Other awards by Swachh Sarvekshan 2018
- How cleanest cities are ranked?
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
Launched by our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi on 2 October 2014, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is the successor of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (1 April 2012). It was launched as an effort by the Government of India to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 statutory cities and towns. The campaign was put in motion on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi. It has been India’s largest cleanliness drive that included 3 million government employees and students from schools and colleges.
Under this clean India movement, Swachh Survekshan stands as a major contribution towards a cleaner India. As the name suggests the programme, is a surveyal programme which allots ranks to various cities and states as per cleanliness and sanitation levels and this survey is done in assistance with Quality Council of India.
The programme aims at fostering a spirit of healthy competition amongst cities and towns to improve their cleanliness and sanitation services and thus encouraging mass participation of citizens and raising awareness about the importance of collaborative working towards making India as a cleaner country.
With this objective, Swachh Survekshan 2018 releases the list of cleanest cities in India 2018. Let’s have a look.
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Here Goes the List of Top 10 Cleanest Cities in India, 2018
Indore (Mini Mumbai)
The largest and one of the most populous cities of Madhya Pradesh, Indore – the commercial powerhouse of the state has retained its position as the cleanest city of India for the second consecutive year. Though the city was ranked 23rd in 2016, yet as per Swachh Survekshan 2018 and 2017 it has managed to stand as India’s No.1 clean city 2018. Not just the cleanest place to live, Patalpani, Lal Bagh Palace, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary and a few other tourist spots make this place as the best place for cleanliness loving tourists.
Bhopal (City of Lakes)
Also, for the second cleanest city, Madhya Pradesh wins the race. Bhopal, the capital of this beautiful state, stands on number two in the list of the top cleanest cities of India. It’s not the first time that the city of lakes has won this honour, in fact, just like Indore, it has bagged this position for the second consecutive year. Isn’t it’s amazing that despite of Bhopal Gas Tragedy in 1984 how this city has come a long way to stand as one of the cleanest cities of India.
Chandigarh (The City Beautiful)
Designed by Le Corbusier, Chandigarh has always been known for having the most beautiful architecture amongst all Indian cities. Now, it will also be known as one of the top 3 cleanest cities of India. The city which stood nowhere in 2017 in Swachh Survekshan ranking list has made great efforts to acquire high rankings and the efforts have made the city to stand on third position in the list of cleanest cities in India, 2018. These efforts are really praiseworthy. Aren’t they?
Visakhapatnam (City of Destiny)
Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam or Vizag, is a major city in Andhra Pradesh which is also known for iron and steel industry. The city stands at number four position amongst the top cleanest Indian cities. Though it has gone down from third to fourth position in the clean city list 2018, the city still is the most clean city of the state which serves as the best coastal city to all those who want to enjoy the beauty of beach in a cleaner environment.
Surat (Diamond City of India)
Clean as diamonds! What else could be said for this diamond city of India, situated on the banks of river Tapti. Cleanliness of the city must has made our honorable Prime Minister proud. With this cleanliness the city stands fifth among the cleanest cities of India. Along with the industrial terms, the city continues to be the gemstone of Gujarat in terms of cleanliness too.
Mysore (City of Palaces)
The next city which comes at sixth position amongst the top 10 cleanest cities in India 2018 is Mysore, the heritage city. Unfortunately, the city of Karnataka has slipped its rank. Nevertheless, green city is her nickname and the city still signifies its meaning by standing among the top cleanest cities of India.
Tiruchirapalli (Rock Fort City)
Here comes Tiruchirapalli as the seventh cleanest city of India. The city scored 59.02 in the survey and is recorded as the cleanest city of Tamil Nadu. This fourth biggest urban settlement of the country is not only famous for its cleanliness, instead it is a great tourist place especially for archaeology lovers who wish to discover the glorious remnants of Chola empire.
New Delhi (City of Rallies)
Next in the list is a place from ‘Dilwalon ki Dilli’, New Delhi (NDMC area). Though it ranks eight amongst the top cleanest cities, the people here know the importance of cleanliness and make sure that this area of New Delhi Municipal Council is always clean and green. Besides this eighth position, the city also stands as ‘The Cleanest Small City’.
This western part of Mumbai has shown a great performance and thus has been able to secure a position amongst the top cleanest cities of India. The city holds ninth position This city of Maharashtra showcases the finest example of solid waste management; ultimately, an epitome of successful municipal planning.
The list of top 10 cleanest cities of India closes with Tirupati, the spiritual capital of Andhra Pradesh. It is always referred as one of the holiest pilgrimages of the world. Being one of the most sacred places of the world, the city showcases a perfect example of relation between cleanliness and godliness.
Other Awards by Swachh Survekshan 2018
With Jharkhand as the Best Performing State, Swachh Survekshan 2018 has also awarded a few cities with other titles. Check out these titles:
- Cleanest faster moving big city: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
- Cleanest capital: Great Mumbai, Maharashtra
- Cleanest big city: Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
- Cleanest medium city: Mysuru, Karnataka
- Cleanest small city: NDMC, Delhi
- Cleanest cantonment: Delhi Cantt, Delhi
- Best city in Innovation and Best practices: Nagpur, Maharashtra
- Best city in Solid Waste Management: Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
After knowing the awards and rankings declared by Swachh Survekshan let’s also have a look at how cities are ranked in this program.
How Cities are Ranked?
- PART 1 (1400 marks): Service Level Progress – Data is collected by Municipal Body
- PART 2A (Independent Validation): Based on Part 1 (Negative Marking if discrepancy found).
- PART 2B (1200 marks): Direct Observation – Data Collection is done through direct observation.
- PART 3 (1400 marks): Collection of Direct Citizen Feedback.
- FINAL SCORE: Cities are ranked based on marks obtained from Part 1, Part 2A, Part 2B and Part 3
Wrapping It Up
Benjamin Disraeli once said, “Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of educations and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them”.
Our honorable Prime Minister got it right and thus launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to inculcate the value of cleanliness and hygiene.
Indeed, the annual ‘Swachh Survekshan’ (survey), an extension of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has been able to galvanize citizens to become partners in clean India campaign.
Since we are citizens of this country, we have got some duties to follow. Let’s follow our Prime Minister’s words, “Na mai gandgi karunga, na mai gandgi karne dunga” (Neither I will litter, nor will I allow littering). Let’s take a pledge to make India clean and green.