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November 21, 2021

President of India honors Cleanest Cities of India.

Swachh Awards 2021

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness Survey) Awards 2021 at the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav (clean nectar festival), organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in New Delhi on November 20, 2021.

New Delhi, November 21, 2021 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, felicitated the awardees of the cleanest cities of India at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ hosted by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday.

For the fifth consecutive year, Indore was awarded the title of India’s Cleanest City under Swachh Survekshan. At the same time, Surat and Vijayawada bagged the second and third spots respectively in the ‘more than 1 lakh population’ category. In the population category of ‘less than 1 lakh’, Vita, Lonavala, and Sasvad, all from Maharashtra, bagged the first, second, and third positions. Varanasi emerged as the ‘Best Ganga Town’ while Ahmedabad Cantonment won the title of ‘India’s Cleanest Cantonment,’ followed by Meerut Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment.

For the third consecutive year, in the State awards, Chhattisgarh emerged as the ‘Cleanest State’ in the category of “more than 100 Urban Local Bodies.” At the same time, Jharkhand, for the second time, won the Cleanest State award in the “less than 100 ULBs category”. Karnataka and Mizoram became the ‘Fastest Mover States’ in the big (more than 100 ULBs) and small (less than 100 ULBs) state categories, respectively.

Speaking at the event, the President said that this year’s Swachh Survekshan Awards are unique because we celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ The President noted that effective solid waste management is essential to keep the cities clean. He stressed that environment conservation had been an integral part of the traditional lifestyle of India. Today, the whole world is emphasizing environmental protection in which the focus is on reducing, reusing, and recycling the resources. He noted that good examples are coming out of ​​’Waste to Wealth,’ and many start-ups are active in these areas. He said that we should encourage entrepreneurship and investment in these fields.

Under the Prerak Daaur Samman, a new performance category introduced under Swachh Survekshan 2021, five cities - Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi Municipal Council, and Tirupati got categorized as ‘Divya’ (Platinum). This year’s Survekshan, participated by 4,320 cities, also saw an unprecedented number of citizens’ feedback - over five crores, compared to 1.87 cores last year.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs gave further impetus to the vision of a Garbage Free India by announcing the results of 3-star and 5-star rated cities under the Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities. 9 cities - Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada, and Patan- have been certified as 5-star cities.

In the category of ‘Fastest Mover,’ Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh) emerged as the ‘Fastest Mover City’ (in the ‘more than 1 lakh population category) with a jump of 274 ranks from 361st position in the 2020 rankings to the 87th position this year, thus securing a place among the top 100 cities.

In contrast, Chandigarh dropped 50 places from the last year’s overall ranking. The residents of Chandigarh woke up to find their self-styled “City Beautiful” at a poor, 66th position.

The Ministry launched a futuristic and state-of-the-art spatial Geographic Information System (GIS) platform to propel the Mission towards intelligent, data-driven decision making. These new digital enablements will further enable the Mission to become paperless, robust, and transparent, along with round-the-clock connectivity with States, Cities, and stakeholders across the Swachhata spectrum.

Swachh Amrit Mahotsav was thus a celebration of cities’ achievements in the past seven years of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and a commitment from cities and citizens to move forward with renewed vigor in the next phase of Cleanliness.

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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