Indore has been ranked first in India's cleanest cities survey Swachh Survekshan-2018.
The Centre on Wednesday announced Madhya Pradesh's Indore as one of the cleanest cities in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh as per the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 conducted in 4,203 cities. Mayor Alok Sharma, Municipal Commissioner Priyanka Das and corporators celebrated the feat as the city has been ranked second only to Indore in the cleanliness survey of 2018 which was conducted by the Union Government. Janardhan Reddy, stating that this was "the mother of all awards", said it emphasized the core concern of city governance in present days. Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad found a special mention as the fastest moving big city of Swachh Survekshan 2018, rising from rank 351 in 2017 to its current rank of 36. Navi Mumbai won the award for being India's best in solid waste management among cities with a population of over 10 lakh.
Last year BMC was at the 29th position. This time it was conducted for around 4,203 cities. Based on the performance in Swacch Survekshan, 2018, it has been made a decision to confer awards 29 cities/ cantonment boards at National Level, 20 cities at Zonal Level and 3 states having the best performance in the urban areas.More news: Joshua Holt jailed in Venezuela pleas for freedom
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Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada was judged the cleanest city among those with a population of more than 10 lakh while Karnataka's Mysuru is the cleanest among cities with a population between 3 lakh and 10 lakh. Citizen feedback taken from 37.66 lakh citizens, who downloaded the Swachhata app, was also taken into consideration while deciding the results which were declared by MHUA Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a press conference on Wednesday. "The survey was organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)", Puri said.
The cities were categorised by population.
India's cleanest cities according to zones, are Bhalso in Punjab for North zone, Bundu in Jharkhand for East zone, Kakching in Manipur for North East zone, Siddipet in Telangana for South Zone and: Panchgani in Maharashtra for West Zone.