Today, President of India Ram Nath Kovind felicitated and awarded the cleanest cities of India at the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav event. Among the list of winners, Indore secured the title of India’s Cleanest City under Swachh Survekshan. On the other hand, Surat and Vijayawada bagged the second and third spots respectively in the ‘more than 1 lakh population’ category. Meanwhile, Vita, Lonavala, and Sasvad all from Maharashtra bagged the first, second, and third positions.

In the award ceremony, 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. In the state awards, Chhattisgarh, for the third consecutive year emerged as the ‘Cleanest State’ in the category of ‘more than 100 Urban Local Bodies’ while Jharkhand, for the second time, won the Cleanest State award in the ‘less than 100 ULBs category’.

Addressing the event, President Kovind expressed to the situation workers for working continuously during the global pandemic. He also highlighted that the government is committed to ensuring that the life of no sanitation worker is put at risk due to unsafe cleaning practices.

Over the years, the Swachh Survekshan (SS) has emerged as an effective tool for transforming the urban landscape. Maharashtra has successfully bagged a total of 92 awards, the highest by any State in this year’s Survekshan, followed by Chhattisgarh with 67 awards. 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 were categorized as ‘Divya’ (Platinum).

On the occasion, the vision of a Garbage Free India under SBM-U 2.0 was given motivation by announcing the results of 3-star and 5-star rated cities under the Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities. A total of 9 cities – Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada and Patan- have been certified as 5-star cities while 143 cities have been certified as 3 stars. The Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities was introduced as a SMART framework by MoHUA in 2018, to holistically evaluate cities across solid waste management parameters.

Furthermore, a song titled ‘Har Dhadkan Swachh Bharat Ki’ was also released. The song encapsulates the spirit of the Swachhata movement and is a salute to the commitment of all citizens, especially the children, youth, and senior citizens, in the Swachhata journey. A futuristic and state-of-the-art spatial GIS platform was launched that will further propel the Mission towards smart, 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.

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