Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness survey) is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India. It was launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aimed to make India clean and free of open defecation by 2 October 2019. The first survey was undertaken in 2016 and covered 73 cities (53 cities with a population of over a million, and all state capitals); by 2020 the survey had grown to cover 4242 cities and was said to be the largest cleanliness survey in the world. The surveys are carried out by Quality Council of India.
The objective of the Swachh Survekshan survey is to encourage citizen participation, increase city capacities for sustainable ODF and sanitation measures and to create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of collective action to contribute in India’s journey towards a ‘Swachh Bharat’.
Indore was ranked the cleanest city in the overall category this year followed by Surat and Navi Mumbai.
Chhattisgarh is the cleanest state in the category of states with more than 100 urban local bodies (ULBs).
Ahmedabad is India’s the cleanest Mega city.
New Delhi is the cleanest capital city.
Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur is the cleanest smallest city.
Bengaluru wins the Best Self Sustainability award in the Mega city category.
Jharkhand is the cleanest state in the category of state with less than 100 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
Cleanest Cantonment: Jalandhar Cantt, Punjab.
Cleanest Town along the banks of river Ganga:
In cities with population less than one lakh, Karad in Mahrashtra is cleanest city.
Maximum citizen participation in keeping city areas clean – Shahjahanpur.
Cleanest megacity with more than 40 lac population – Ahmedabad (Gujarat).
Fastest-moving city in terms of cleanliness – Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
Self-sustainable city in terms of cleanliness (more than 10 lakh population) – Rajkot (Gujarat).
Mysuru (Karnataka) is ranked cleanest among the medium-sized cities with a population ranging between 3 lakh and 10 lakh.
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