Cleanliness Survey: Indore Retains Cleanest City Tag For 3rd Year In A Row
Indore was adjudged India's cleanest city for the third straight year in the Central government's cleanliness survey announced on March 6. The second and third positions in the category were grabbed by Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Mysore in Karnataka, respectively.
In the Swachh Survekshan 2019, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area won the Cleanest Small City title while Uttarakhand's Gauchar was adjudged the Best Ganga Town.
The Cleanest Big City award has been bagged by Ahmedabad while Raipur is the Fastest Moving Big City.
Ujjain has been the adjudged the Cleanest Medium City and Mathura-Vrindavan bagged the tag of the Fastest Moving Medium Cities.
The Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered all urban local bodies in the country, making it the largest such cleanliness survey in the world.
"There is a need to change the mindset of the people towards cleanliness as many people pay a lot of attention to personal hygiene and cleanliness at home but not to public cleanliness. The culture of cleanliness has to become an integral part of in the lives of the citizens," President Ram Nath Kovind said while conferring the awards.
The President also said there was a need to include cleanliness in the curriculum of schools and higher educational institutions.
Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the urban transformation that was being attempted in the country was the most comprehensive and ambitious framework of planned urbanisation.
"To ensure that the momentum and efforts are sustained, we are actively considering the idea of continuing this initiative by having periodic rankings based on data being provided by cities and citizens' feedback," he added.
With inputs from Housing News