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Swachh Survekshan – Annual survey 2023: Kolkata declares as the Dirtiest City in India,Indore bagged Cleanest City

Meghalaya’s Shillong and Khagaria and Sitamarhi in Bihar have also been occupied the bottom positions in the cleanliness rankings

GUWAHATI: Among’s the Top 10 Dirtiest Cities in India, Indore bagged the title of India’s ‘cleanest city’ for the seventh time in a row, Howrah in West Bengal has been adjudged the dirtiest city in the country, as per Swachh Survekshan 2023 – the annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation that is conducted in India since 2016. According to the survey, the the results of which were announced Thursday, the 10 dirties cities having a population of over 1 lakh are all from West Bengal.

Besides Howrah, the other nine dirtiest cities include, Kalyani, Madhyamgram, Krishnanagar, Asansol, Rishra, Bidhannagar, Kanchrapara, Kolkata and Bhatpara, the survey report showed. These cities, excluding West Bengal’s capital and Bhatpara, have a cleanliness score of less than 1,000. Meghalaya’s Shillong and Khagaria and Sitamarhi in Bihar have also been occupied the bottom positions in the cleanliness rankings.

Indore, Surat bags cleanest city tag

Meanwhile, Indore in Madhya Pradesh has been declared as the cleanest city for the seventh straight time. Gujarat’s Surat has bagged the cleanest city tag too, for the first time. The Navi Mumbai occupied the third spot in the Central government’s annual cleanliness survey, followed by Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh) and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. In addition, Maharashtra bagged the top rank in the category of the best perfoming states, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The last clean states include, Andhra Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Nagaland.

President praises all for moving forward on path of ‘cleanliness to prosperity’

President Droupadi Murmu presented the Swachh Survekshan awards to the winners at a ceremony held in Delhi. Many other imminent dignitaries were present at the event. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the Swachh Survekshan conducted with wide participation is an important step towards raising the level of cleanliness. She appreciated all for moving forward on the path of ‘cleanliness to prosperity’. She noted that cleanliness campaigns are creating opportunities for economic self-reliance of women.

Originally designed as a competitive monitoring tool, Swachh Survekshan was introduced under the aegis of Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in 2016, with an objective to sanitation, helping cities to achieve the goal of sustainable sanitation and waste management in a fast-track competitive manner.

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