New Delhi: According to Swach Survekshan Awards 2021, Madhya Pradesh’s Indore has been declared as India’s cleanest city for the fifth time in a row. The city has been crowned with ‘Swachhata Ka Taaj’ by President Ram Nath Kovind. Whereas, Gujarat’s Surat and Andhra Pradesh’s Vijaywada docked at the second and third spots respectively.
Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene, and sanitation in cities and towns across the country by the central government. It was launched as part of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aimed to make India clean and free of open defecation.
A total of 4,320 cities were covered in the 6th edition of Swachh Survekshan 2021, making it the largest survey ever.
Chhattisgarh has been ranked as the cleanest state in the country. Whereas, Surat and Vijayawada also received ‘Five Star’ certification under the Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities. Ahmedabad has been given as cleanest cantonment title.
The survey was praised by President Kovind, an official presser who mentioned, “The success of this year’s survey can be gauged through the unprecedented number of citizen feedback received this year over 5 crores, a marked increase from last year’s 1.87 crores. The 2021 edition is significant due to several on-ground challenges owing to the COVID pandemic, yet the survey was completed in 28 days”