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Indore, the cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh

Indore, the cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh

Though things are better than they were when it was pushed to 29th spot previous year, the hope is that the authorities as well as citizens will not get carried away by the latest award for the city but focus unrelentingly on making it genuinely clean.

It's a proud moment for the denizens of Vijayawada as the city has been ranked as the "cleanest city" among big cities in the country having more than one million population in the Swachh Survekshan-2018 survey conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban). At the time of cleanliness survey, BMC staff along with Mayor Alok Sharma had intensified cleanliness drive in the city. Similar to last year's survey, the results for Swachchh Survekshan 2018 involved data submitted by civic bodies on cleanliness and sanitation, as well as feedback from the citizens. A total of 500 cities with more than 1 lakh population were ranked at a national level, while 3,541 cities with less than 1 lakh population will have State and Regional ranking. Efforts made by BMC towards cleanliness in the city in last one year has fetched it the rank as this year 4,000 cities were participating in the survey. Navi Mumbai has emerged as the best in the big city category in managing solid waste while Mangalore is the best in the medium city category while Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is the best city managing solid waste management in small city category. No matter wherever you go in the world, Chandigarh has a special vibe and it is said that once you have lived in Chandigarh, you'll not like any other city. Janardhan Reddy, stating that this was "the mother of all awards", said it emphasized the core concern of city governance in present days.

Minister of State (independent charge) for Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri announced the rankings in Delhi for 2018. This year, 35% weightage was given to citizen feedback, 30% weightage to direct observation and 45 % percent weightage has been given to service level progress.

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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.

On the establishment front, more staff was recruited for garbage collection, new vehicles have been purchased and dumping of garbage at designated spots has been disallowed.


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