1. Swachh Bharat Awards: Indore tops as the cleanest city; Gujarat most improved state with 12 in top 50 list

Swachh Bharat Awards: Indore tops as the cleanest city; Gujarat most improved state with 12 in top 50 list

Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu announced the Swachh Survekshan Awards in New Delhi on Thursday morning and said he is happy that the event has captured the results of spirited efforts of states

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 4, 2017 12:17 PM
Swachh Bharat Awards, Swachh Bharat Awards 2017, Venkaiah naidu, Swachh Survekshan Awards, Swachh Survekshan Awards 2017, 2017 swachh bharat awards Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu announced the Swachh Survekshan Awards in New Delhi on Thursday morning. (Source: PIB/Twitter)

Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu announced the Swachh Survekshan Awards in New Delhi on Thursday morning and said he is happy that the event has captured the results of spirited efforts of states. He said Gujarat has done incredibly well as 12 of its cities features in the list of top 50 clean cities of India while MP and Jharkhand have improved their cleanliness levels compared to the previous survey as well. At the event, Venkaiah Naidu also announced the winners of Swachh Bharat Awards. Indore grabbed the top spot while Bhopal finished at second. New Delhi Municipal Corporation was placed at the 7th spot while two cities from Gujarat, Vadodara and Surat also made the list of 10 cleanest cities of India.

Watch Venkaiah Naidu’s speech here:

“Gujarat and Chhattisgarh are two other success stories, with most cities improving cleanliness rankings. All cities surveyed in MP and Jharkhand have improved their cleanliness levels compared to the previous survey,” he said. While addressing the gathering, he urged mentioned that Swachh Bharat has to be a regular feature of our life, not one day’s job. “Making Clean India by 2019 is part of the mission of Making of Developed India,” Naidu added.

Here is the list of 10 cleanest cities of India:

Highlighting government’s efforts to make India clean, Naidu said it has commissioned Swachh Survekshan in 434 cities and about 37 lakh citizens participated enthusiastically in the survey this year. “A noteworthy feature of Swachh Survekshan 2017 is the increased engagement and participation from citizens,” said Naidu.

On Wednesday, the government had announced that for effective implementation of its cleanliness mission, it will establish a national centre at Rajghat here to monitor the progress of the Prime Minister’s pet programme as reported by the news agency PTI. The Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra will be set up by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation at the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, Rajghat to monitor the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Wednesday while speaking at the culmination of ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’, a fortnight-long cleanliness drive.

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