Madhya Pradesh today has its moment of pride as Indore has been ranked as the cleanest city in India while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh has been ranked the dirtiest among 434 cities, a government survey has found.
Bhopal, another city from MP has been ranked second while Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Surat in Gujarat have emerged as the third and fourth cleanest cities.The list was based on a massive survey, Swachh Survekshan 2017, rating the cleanliness efforts put in by the municipalities in 500 Indian cities.
This was the second edition of the survey conducted since the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet cleanliness project to map it’s success rate.
As the Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu, today announced the results, he noted that the overall result was very satisfactory and most cities have only shown improvement in since 2014, when the Swachh Bharat mission was first launched.
He said the combined efforts of each and every citizen involved in the Swachh Bharat mission has given it the shape of a ‘mahayagya’, adidng that making the country clean by 2019 is a serious part of mission Modi. Mission Modi, he said not only pertained to the personal vision of the prime minister, it strives to create a developed India.
Naidu said that Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have shown very promising results with accounting for 50 of the cleanest sities on the list. Gujarat had the most, 12 clean cities, closely trailed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 cities.
Andhra Pradesh had eight of the cities that scored well on the survey.
Naidu, also commented on some of the worst performing states, with UP and with 25 cities that performed poorly in the survey. Lamenting the situation in the state, Naidu said, it was unfortunate.
However, he expressed hope that the state would do well under the new BJP government.
By-Amit Prasad Sahu