New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday announced the results of a national survey, the Swachchh Survekshan for the Cleanest Cities 2021, as he presented Indore, Madhya Pradesh, with the Cleanest Indian City award for a fifth time in a row.
Sharing his speech on Twitter with the caption, “This year, Indore city has secured the first position for the fifth time in a row. It is commendable to get the first position in the whole country. It is even more commendable to maintain that place continuously.”
The second and third cleanest city awards went to Surat (Gujarat) and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), under cities with over 10 lakh populations, respectively.
Varanasi was adjudged the cleanest city under the Ganga Town category, while New Delhi, Ambikapur (Chhattisgarh), and Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) were awarded under the cleanest small cities category, respectively.
Among the states, Chhattisgarh was declared the cleanest state.
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri congratulated the winners in different categories.
The top 10 cleanest Indian cities for 2021 in order of preference are Indore, Surat, Vijayawada, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Bhopal, Vadodara, Vishakapatnam, and Ahmedabad.
Earlier this year, Indore was also felicitated with India’s first Water Plus City Award.
The Swachchh Survekshan is an annual survey conducted by the Central and state governments under the Swachchh Bharat Mission.
It takes stock of cleanliness, waste disposal, hygiene, and sanitation across towns and cities of the country.