Jharkhand is the cleanest state in India followed by Maharashtra and Chattisgarh, according to the report, which was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Indore on Saturday. Indore emerged as the cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the government’s cleanliness survey. The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, which aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country, were announced today by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday. Varanasi, PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency, was ranked 29 among the list of 500 cities. Last year it was ranked 32.
Unlike previous surveys, this year’s exercise allocated substantial weightage to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience. Indore was the cleanest city last year as well but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. This time it was conducted for around 4,200 cities. 19 out of the 25 dirtiest cities in India are from West Bengal, a state that was ruled by first communists for more than 30 years and now is being ruled by TMC. The cities, which include Darjeeling, Siliguri, Serampore, Madhyamgram, North Barrackpore, Bankura, fared abysmally on all sanitation indicators such as waste collection, open defecation, solid waste processing and disposal, the survey found. Three cities each from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are also among the dirtiest, figuring in the bottom of the list. Source: HT