On Saturday at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind, in the presence of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others at an event bestowed the honour to the cities.
Under the survey, a total of nine cities -- Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada and Patan -- have been certified with 5-star city ratings under the garbage-free city category while 143 cities have been rated as 3 stars.
Among the states with over 100 urban local bodies, Chattisgarh was ranked on top for the third consecutive year, followed by Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh; Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan were ranked last.
Indore has been awarded as India’s cleanest city in the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’, followed by Surat and Vijaywada.
"Indore is India’s cleanest city for the 5th year in a row. Heartiest congratulations to the people, political leadership, Municipal Corporation, Swachhagrahis & Safaimitras for their exemplary commitment towards keeping the city on top," Hardeep Singh Puri, Union minister for housing and urban affairs, wrote on Twitter.
Vijayawada has been ranked as the third cleanest city in the country in the Swachh Survekashan 2021. The city jumped from sixth place in 2020 to third place this year in the cities with more than 10 lakh population category. Vijayawada has also been declared as a “Garbage Free City” with a five-star rating.
Varanasi, represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha, has been adjudged the "cleanest Ganga town" while Bihar's Munger and Patna have been ranked second and third in the category. Varanasi had won the same award last year as well.
Although Indore and Surat retained their positions in the 'Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021', Navi Mumbai lost its third spot to Vijaywada and was in the fourth position in the latest survey results announced by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry on Saturday.
Presenting the awards on Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind said: “This year’s Swachh Survekshan Awards have special significance because we are celebrating ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav" Safai Mitras and sanitation workers have continuously rendered their services, even during the Covid pandemic.”
He said environment conservation has been an integral part of India’s traditional lifestyle. “Today, the whole world is emphasising on environment protection, the focus is on to reduce, reuse and recycle resources,” he said.
“Today, the mission has taken the shape of a people’s movement, a true Jan Andolan. This is also reflected in the massive growth of the Swachh Survekshan which began as a pilot in 2016 among 73 cities, and is the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey today,” said Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. He said the next few years will be dedicated to focusing on “holistic cleanliness – clean air, clean land, and clean water”.
According to the ministry, Vita has been ranked the cleanest city with less than one lakh population, followed by Lonavala and Sasvad. All three cities are from Maharashtra.
New Delhi Municipal Council secured the first position in the country's cleanest small city category of 1-3 lakh population while Hoshangabad and Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) emerged as the "Fastest Mover small city" and "Best Small City in Citizens' Feedback" categories, respectively.
Maharashtra has bagged a total of 92 awards, the highest by any state, followed by Chhattisgarh with 67 awards.