In a remarkable feat of cleanliness and urban management, Indore and Surat have once again clinched the top spot in the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023, a prestigious annual cleanliness survey conducted by the Central government. The results were unveiled at the Bharat Mandapam on Thursday, where President Droupadi Murmu presented the awards.
Indore’s Unprecedented Seventh Win: Indore, known for its cleanliness initiatives and community participation, secured the cleanest city title for an astonishing seventh consecutive time. This consistent achievement reflects the city’s unwavering commitment to maintaining high cleanliness standards.
Surat’s Inaugural Pole Position: Adding to the celebration, Surat emerged as a joint winner for the top rank, sharing the pole position with Indore. It’s a historic first for Surat, signifying the city’s dedication to creating a clean and sustainable environment for its residents.
Navi Mumbai Retains Third Position: Navi Mumbai, which claimed the third position in the previous year’s competition, successfully retained its standing in the ‘Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023.’ The city’s ongoing efforts to prioritize cleanliness have once again been acknowledged on a national scale.
Best-Performing States: In the ‘best-performing states’ category, Maharashtra took the lead as the cleanest state in the country. It was followed by Madhya Pradesh, which had secured the top spot in the previous year’s survey, and Chhattisgarh.
West Bengal’s Struggle: West Bengal faced challenges in the cleanliness rankings, with Madhyamgram, Kalyani, and Haora occupying the bottom rankings among cities. The state found itself among the bottom three in the state category along with Rajasthan and Mizoram.
Impressive Regional Performances: Maharashtra’s Sasvad was recognized as the cleanest city among those with less than one lakh population, with Chhattisgarh’s Patan and Maharashtra’s Lonavala securing the second and third positions, respectively.
Special Categories Acknowledged: Varanasi claimed the title of the cleanest ‘Ganga town,’ leading a list that included Prayagraj, Bijnor, Haridwar, and others. Additionally, in the category of cleanest cantonment boards, Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow took the top spot, with Deolali in Nashik and Ahmedabad securing the other two positions.
President Droupadi Murmu’s Recognition: The awards were presented by President Droupadi Murmu at a prestigious event attended by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. The event acknowledged the outstanding efforts of these cities in creating cleaner and more sustainable living spaces.
Massive Participation in Swachh Survekshan 2023: A staggering 4,477 urban local bodies participated in Swachh Survekshan 2023, making it the world’s largest cleanliness survey. With 12 core citizen responses and participation from various segments, including municipal wards, cantonment boards, Ganga towns, and commercial areas, the survey underlines the collective commitment to achieving a cleaner India.
How to Get There:
- Indore: Indore is easily accessible by air through Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport (IDR) and by train via Indore Junction. The city is well-connected by a robust road network, making it reachable by bus or car.
- Surat: Reach Surat by flying into Surat Airport (STV) or taking a train to Surat Railway Station. The city is well-connected by roads, facilitating access by bus or private vehicle.
As we celebrate these cities’ achievements, it’s essential to recognize the collective efforts of the communities, leaders, and citizens working towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. Let’s continue to strive for excellence in cleanliness and inspire positive change across our cities. Pic credit : Times of India | BCCL | Desh
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