Mysuru was awarded the ‘cleanest city’ for two consecutive years and was hoping for a hat-trick. But the dream run came to an end as the heritage city had to settle down for the fifth place in the Swachh Survekshan 2017.
Indore bagged the award for the cleanest city. Bhopal of Madhya Pradesh came second, Gujarat’s Surat won the third prize and Vishakhapattanam in Andhra Pradesh secured the fourth place.
“Mysuru has maintained its rating in cleanliness. Other cities may have done better, but the value of Mysuru has not come down,” said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. “Swachh Bharat Mission is not a day’s work. It should be an ongoing process,” he added.
434 cities were surveyed in the country. Mysuru has a lesson or two to gear up and maintain high standard of hygiene and cleanliness for 2018. 25 cleanest cities of India have been ranked as part of “Swachh Survekshan 2017” with 37 lakh votes from 73 cities, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu announced.
People were asked to vote on several questions as part of the survey.
According to the government, around 80 per cent people have said in their feedback forms that there is an improvement in cleanliness over the past two years in their cities.
The results announced today have been evaluated at length by taking an independent assessment score, data submitted by local bodies about sanitation and cleanliness work undertaken in their areas, in addition
to the citizen feedback about the cleanliness in their cities.
This survey is one of the steps taken in order to achieve Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Mission by 2019. India needs roughly 11.1 crore number of toilets to become open defecation free and so far the government has successfully constructed more than three crore toilets. -(HS,NGB)