The government on Thursday declared the results of the annual survey of cleanliness, Swachh Survekshan 2020 and Indore once again retained the cleanest city tag of India.
Indore is the largest and most populous city of Madhya Pradesh and it was described by the Economic Times as the commercial capital of the state. It is the cleanest city in India despite being the most populous one in central India.
It is indeed a proud moment to all the citizens of Indore as it retained the title of the cleanest city for the fourth year in a row. With waste management initiatives and techniques, it defeated every other city in India to become garbage-free.
Gujarat’s Surat follows next on the list and Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai is placed on third. Bhopal also had been among the top-ranked cities.
Indore Municipal Corporation Commissioner Asheesh Singh can absolutely take pride in the fact that his city has been ranked the cleanest city for the fourth time in a row. He is pretty much confident that Indore will get cleanest city tag once again.
“We will keep the top position consecutively for the fourth time. We are all prepared for the same and with the support of Indore’s resident, I am assured that we will get our tag again,” he said.
Union Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “I visited Indore a few years ago, along with a member of a Japanese delegation. When we reached the city, I saw he Japanese going to various places in Indore. I asked him ‘what are you doing?’ He said ‘I was trying to find filth, but couldn’t’. I don’t think there could be any bigger testimony to the achievement of the city.”
He told this to Shivraj Singh Chouhan after Indore bagged the coveted award.
Congratulating the citizens of Indore, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan added that city has hit a four this time and will surely hit a six in the times to come.
This is the fifth edition of the survey that was brought to effect by PM Narendra Modi in January 2016.
It has been learnt that the Minister had interacted with select beneficiaries, swachhagrahis (Clean India Warriors), and Safai Karmis (Sanitation Workers) under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) from several parts of the country through video conference.
Swachh Survekshan 2020 had covered as many as 4,242 cities, 62 cantonment boards and 92 Ganga towns. This survey was done in 28 days.
Mysuru bagged the award for the cleanest city of India in the first edition of the survey, while Indore retained the top position for three consecutive years (2017,2018, 2019). Now again, this year, Indore retained the top position which makes it four.