Indore grabbing the topmost position followed by Bhopal, among India’s cleanest cities, Madhya Pradesh is attracting praise and glory from all corners. The list of cleanest cities is based on the results of Swachh Survekshan 2017– a survey conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD). The survey was started by the ministry in 2016 and aims at the ranking of cities on “cleanliness and other aspects of urban sanitation”. The primary intention behind the survey was “to foster a healthy competition between cities for improving cleanliness standards”. On these lines, Swachh Survekshan 2017 was initiated and the massive survey ranked 500 cities of the country. The survey also sets its sights on measuring the progress being attained by Swachh Bharat Mission, one flagship program of Modi Government.
The Survey ranked Gonda in Uttar Pradesh the dirtiest city and Bhusawal in Maharashtra stood second-last in the ranking this year. New Delhi Municipal Council couldn’t get a place among the top five rankers and stood at seventh position, followed by Navi Mumbai.
Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Gujarat have shown very promising results as 50 of their cleanest cities procured their place in the list. Gujarat had the most i.e. 12 clean cities. Madhya Pradesh with its 11 cities trailed Gujarat closely. 8 cities of Andhra Pradesh scored well.
Mysuru which had ranked as the cleanest city during the 2015 iteration of the survey is on the fifth position this year.
The performance evaluation of the survey is done by the Quality Council of India (QCI). QCI is an autonomous body established by Government of India in 1997. It works for Quality assurance in all spheres of activities including Governance.
The steps followed by the Council in allotting the scores are as follows:
Part 1 (900 marks)
Part 2 (500 marks)
Part 3 (600 marks)
|Data provided by Municipal Body||Data Collection through direct observations and independent assessment.||Collection of Direct Citizen Feedback.||Cities are ranked based on marks obtained from Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3|
(Methodology Source: Official website of the Ministry of Urban Development)
The official Twitter handle of M. Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, released the rankings on Thursday. Calling it a “Citizens’ verdict” he announced the cleanliness rankings of 434 cities and towns. He conveyed that 3.7 million citizens had responded this year by providing valuable feedback on their municipalities’ performance.
The minister noted that the overall result was very satisfactory and most cities have only shown improvement in since 2014 i.e. 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’, adding 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.”
While speaking of the worst performing states, he lamented the situation in Uttar Pradesh. Varanasi is the only city in the state of Uttar Pradesh that managed a rank under 100, standing at the 32nd position. Other than that all the major cities of Uttar Pradesh had a disappointing performance with Lucknow on the 269th position, Kanpur at 175 and Allahabad at the 247th position. However, the government remains optimistic about the future of the state under the BJP government.
Swachh Survekshan Rankings: A Comparison:
|Rank||2017 Survey||2016 Survey|
Urban India contributes to approximately 70% of the GDP of the country and Cities are known as the “Engines of Growth”. Considering this, the importance of Urban sanitation cannot be undermined. Hopefully, the survey will encourage the cities and the municipal bodies for Urban Cleanliness and contribute in improving the quality of life of citizens!