Announcing the results here, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that he has lived in some of the cleanest cities in the world and the cleanliness levels in Indore and Bhopal will give them a run for their money.
The Center May 16 announced that Indore in Madhya Pradesh was one of the cleanest cities in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh, according to the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 conducted in 4,203 cities.
Hardeep Singh Puri took to micro-blogging site Twitter and congratulated the cities for their performance. "I've lived in some of the cleanest cities in the world during my long stay overseas and I must tell you that the cleanliness levels in Indore and Bhopal give them a run for their money", he said. Congratulations #Indore & #Bhopal for a repeat performance at #1&2. Well done #Chandigarh for coming in 3rd. "Others will surely try & catch up next year", Puri tweeted. I congratulate & thank all residents, it is due to their efforts. "We'll continue efforts to maintain it", said CM Chouhan. Jharkhand was adjudged the best performing state in the survey followed by Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Vijayawada has been ranked as cleanest big City" and Tirupati as the best city in "Solid Waste Management'.
Sharing his experiences about travelling the world himself, he said, "I've lived in some of the cleanest cities in the world during my long stay overseas and I must tell you that the cleanliness levels in Indore and Bhopal give them a run for their money".
This years survey saw the participation of around 4,200 cities. While deciding the awards, it has been kept in mind that one city gets only one award i.e the category in which it has performed the best.
Compared with the 2017 survey of 434 cities, the scope of this year's survey was increased manifold, said the minister, adding that feedback from 37.66 lakh citizen was collected and 53.58 lakh Swachhata Apps downloaded.