Gonda in Uttar Pradesh has been ranked the dirtiest among the cities judged.
The rankings came out of a survey meant to gauge the progress of Modi government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission.
The cleanliness rankings of 434 cities and towns were announced under the survey.
After Indore, Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal ranked as the
second cleanest city in the country. Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh, came third, Gujarat’s Surat fourth and Karnataka’s Mysuru fifth. Mysuru had ranked as the cleanest city during the 2015 iteration of the survey.
Swachh Survekshan survey:
Conducted by the Quality Council of India, the Swachh Survekshan-2017 judged cities on the basis of data provided by Municipal bodies, which carried 900 marks, data collected through direct observations and independent assessment (500 marks), and citizen feedback (600 marks).
Criteria for selection:
The criteria for selecting the cities for ranking for this year included 45% marks for cities becoming open defecation-free; solid waste management like sweeping, collection, transportation and processing of garbage; education and capacity building. 25% marks were given for field inspection and another 30% marks were given for citizen feedback. In total, feedback from at least 18 lakh citizens across the surveyed cities about the sanitation were received.
Swachh Bharat mission
Is a campaign by the Government of India to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country’s 4,041 statutory cities and towns.
It includes ambassadors and activities such as run, national real-time monitoring or spread of updated NGOs practices.
The campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
It is India’s largest ever cleanliness drive with 3 million government employees, and especially school and college students from all parts of India, participating in the campaign.
The objectives of Swachh Bharat are to reduce or eliminate open defecation through the construction of individual, cluster and community toilets.
The Swachh Bharat mission will also make an initiative of establishing an accountable mechanism of monitoring latrine use.
The government is aiming to achieve an Open-Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2 October 2019, the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, by constructing 12 million toilets in rural India.
TOP Ten Performing Cities:
The top ten highly ranked cities are: Indore (1st), Bhopal (2nd), Visakhapatnam (3rd), Surat (4th), Mysuru (5th), Tiruchirapally of Tamil Nadu (6th), New Delhi Municipal Council (7th), Navi Mumbai (8th), Tirupati of Andhra Pradesh (9th), Vadodara (10th).