Clean City Survey 2018: Indore, Bhopal Retain Top Spots
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has announced the results for the Swachh Survekshan 2018, a survey conducted every year for assessing the improvements in urban sanitation and solid waste management across the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Introduced in January 2016, the pan-India ranking exercise is conducted by an independent agency authorised by the ministry. This year, it was successfully carried out across 4,203 cities compared to 434 cities in 2017, within 66 days. The survey aims to kindle the competitive spirit among cities and urban-local bodies (ULBs) while also taking feedback to address the challenges in urban governance.
The survey allotted marks based on various parameters such as open-defecation free status, and collection, transportation, processing and disposal of waste.
Let us look at the key highlights of the survey.
It was for the first time that states were also ranked. Jharkhand grabbed the first spot while Maharashtra ranked second in this category. On its way to becoming a zero-landfill state, Chhattisgarh was ranked third.
Indore and Bhopal retained their respective first and second positions in this year’s survey. Union Territory of Chandigarh bagged was positioned at the third spot.
Ghaziabad was ranked the ‘fastest moving big city’. This town has moved up the ladder from 351st rank in 2017 to 36th rank in 2018 in the city category of more than 10 lakh population.
Delhi, not far behind
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) won the title of India’s cleanest small city (urban local body) with population between one and three lakh.
Under the category of cleanest cities with less than one lakh population, Bhadson in Punjab from the north zone, Bundu in Jharkhand from the east zone, Kakching in Manipur from the north east zone, Siddipet in Telangana from the south zone and Panchgani in Maharashtra from the west zone emerged as winners.
Clean cities, population-wise
Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh was ranked as the cleanest city in the category of more than 10 lakh population whereas Mysuru in Karnataka was named under the population category of 3 lakh to 10 lakh.
Cleanest state capital
Greater Mumbai is the cleanest state capital as per the 2018 survey.
Innovation and best practice
Nagpur in Maharashtra took away the title of the ‘Best city in Innovation and Best practices.’
Solid waste management
Navi Mumbai, which segregates 88 per cent of its municipal solid waste at source, was conferred the title of the best city in solid waste management category.
Based on the response of the participating citizens, Kota in Rajasthan was recognised as the best city in terms of citizens' feedback.