NEW DELHI, JUNE 24: West Bengal is home to 7 of the 10 dirtiest municipal areas in India while Uttar Pradesh has 3 dirtiest cities, including Khoda Makanpur in Ghaziabad district, according to the latest cleanliness ranking of municipalities by the Centre. Two municipal areas from Bihar and 1 from Odisha have also been ranked as the among the dirtiest.
Gonda in UP, which ranked 434 and was the dirtiest municipal area in 2017 survey, has climbed up to 228 among the 485 municipalities having more than 1 lakh population. West Bengal for the first time participated in the Swachh Survekshan this year, covering 4,203 municipal areas across the country. The report was released by PM Narendra Modi on Saturday.
Indore and Bhopal retain their earlier top 2 positions. While 3 cities – Chandigarh, Pune and Vijayawada – have made it to the list of best 10 urban areas, Surat, Tiruchirappalli and Vadodara have been pushed back. Chandigarh climbed to the 3rd rank this year against its earlier rank of 11 while New Delhi Municipal Council improved its position to occupy the number 4 slot as compared with the 7th position in 2017. Tirupati has jumped to No. 6 as compared to its 9th position last year while Navi Mumbai slipped by 1 rank to No. 9. Mysuru has tumbled from No. 5 to No. 8 in this year’s survey. The PM’s constituency of Varanasi has improved its position from 32 in 2017 to 29 this year.
The Housing & Urban Affairs Ministry said the annual survey is aimed at bringing greater competition among urban local bodies to do more to make cities cleaner. The assessment of ‘swachhta’ involving citizens’ feedback in 1 year was termed as one of the biggest-ever surveys undertaken by any Government across the globe.
Modi said the dream of a clean India is not far away. “During the past 4 years, we have built more than 8.3 crore toilets in rural and urban areas,” he said. (TNN)