The Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019 have declared Indore in Madhya Pradesh as India’s cleanest city for the third year in a row. President of India Ram Nath Kovind conferred the awards in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The Swachh Survekshan awards 2019 were decided after an intensive survey carried out by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019
Indore was followed by Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Mysuru in Karnataka at the second and third positions.
Madhya Pradesh emerged as the state with the highest number of clean cities in India.
Three cities from the state, including Indore, bagged an award. Bhopal was declared the cleanest state capital while Ujjain has been awarded as India’s cleanest medium city with a population between 3 lakh to 10 lakh.
Gujarat’s Ahmedabad is the cleanest big city with a population of over 10 lakh.
The ‘Best Ganga Town’ in the central government survey is Gauchar in Uttarakhand.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area was conferred with the ‘Cleanest Small City’ award.
The award for the India’s cleanest cantonment area has been given to the Delhi Cantonment.
“Best Tribute To Mahatma Gandhi”
President Ram Nath Kovind said that the nation has paid the best tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by making cleanliness a mass movement.
The President expressed confidence that people will take inspiration from the just-concluded Kumbh Mela and the level of cleanliness found there.
He further stated that cleanliness should be integral to the behaviour of every citizen to make it effective and sustainable.
Many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness. Change in this mentality is important for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat.
– President Ram Nath Kovind
He also urged educational institutions to include cleanliness in their curriculum and spread awareness about the importance of sanitation.
The Swachh Survekshan is part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by the Narendra Modi–led government on 2 October 2014.
The mission aims to make India open defecation free and achieve 100% scientific solid waste management by 2 October 2019.
The day will mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The cleanliness survey, Swachh Survekshan 2019, was carried out in January. The complete paperless, digital survey covered 4,237 cities for data collection within 28 days.
Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered all Urban Local Bodies in the country, making it the largest such cleanliness survey in the world.