Indore has been awarded cleanest city, Bhopal cleanest capital, Ujjain cleanest city (3 lakh to 10 lakh population category) and Ahmedabad the cleanest city (10 lakh plus population category) as per Swachh Survekshan 2019.
The awards were presented by the President, Ram Nath Kovind and attended by Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MOHUA and awardees from all over the country.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “Cleanliness should be integral to the behaviour of every citizen to make it effective and sustainable. Many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness. Change in this mentality is important for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat.”
Hardeep S. Puri said, “Sixty-four lakh citizens participated in the survey which included more than 4,000 cities in 2019. Indore has reported a 70% drop in vector-borne ailments in 2019, which is being attributed to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”
Stating that Swachh Survekshan 2019 has seen several innovations and best practices emerging from the cities, Hardeep Puri said that through a mix of innovative thinking, technological interventions and active stakeholder engagement, cities have found novel ways to address issues of sanitation and waste management in their areas.
Puri made a special mention of the top 20 cities in this year’s survey who have been the forerunners in Urban India’s progress towards swachhata – from large cities such as Indore, Mysuru, Ahmedabad, Navi Mumbai, Tirupati, Rajkot, Vijayawada, Ghaziabad, Surat, to smaller towns and cities such as Mul, Ambikapur, Ujjain, NDMC, Karhad, Lonavala, Vita, Dewas, Bhilai, Shahganj, and Panhala. Ambikapur in Chattisgarh got the second prize overall and has become a role model for other towns in the state. Chhattisgarh has also emerged India’s top performer among states, followed by Jharkhand and Maharashtra.