Swachh Survekshan, 2017, a huge survey, rating the cleanliness efforts put in by the municipalities in 500 Indian cities has released a list on Thursday. According to the list, Indore and Bhopal were among the top two spots of India’s cleanest cities. Also, the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ ranked Gonda in Uttar Pradesh as the dirtiest city and Bhusawal in Maharashtra stand second-last in the ranking.
This was the second edition of the survey since the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cleanliness programme which turned out to be quite a success. As the Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, on Thursday, announced the results, he noted that the overall performance was very satisfactory and most cities have only shown improvement since 2014, when the Swachh Bharat mission was first launched.
As per the overall result, Mysuru slipped to number five among the clean cities. Notably, the New Delhi Municipal Council area, the Capital’s power district where 1.5 % of Delhi’s 16.78 million resident live, is out of the top 5, slipping to the 7th position. While Delhi Cantonment is ranked 172, the east, south and north municipal corporation areas are at 196, 202 and 279 places, respectively.
India’s most populated state Uttar Pradesh also happens to be the dirtiest. Fifty out of its 62 cities that were surveyed, ranked below 300, the exception being Varanasi.
Bihar’s Bagaha is at number 432, Hardoi in UP at 431 and Bihar’s Katihar at 430 are the cities that are ranked at the bottom.