Written by Sharangee Dutta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Indore has once again won the award for being the cleanest city in India when President Ram Nath Kovind announced the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards on Saturday. This is the fifth consecutive time that the city of Madhya Pradesh has won the award in the sixth edition of the event.
Surat in Gujarat, which ranked second on the list of cleanest cities last year, has also maintained its position this year. Meanwhile, Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh has taken third position on the list. In 2020, Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra was considered the third cleanest city in India.
Chhattisgarh has been awarded the cleanest state in the annual cleanliness survey, while Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh won the cleanest Ganges city in the 2021 Swachh Survekshan awards. ‘
On Twitter, the Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, congratulated Indore and its “people, political leadership and municipal corporation,” among others.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also congratulated the people of Indore “for doing wonders” and achieving the feat of being the cleanest India for the fifth time in a row by posting messages on Twitter and Koo. The national secretary general of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kailash Vijayvargiya also took to microblogging sites to congratulate the city’s “Indoris and cleaning workers”.
Up to 342 cities received any star ratings in this year’s annual cleanliness survey, with a total of 4,320 cities participating in it. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) that held the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards said in an earlier statement that the sixth edition of the event has become the “world’s largest urban cleaning survey.”
"खाना विशेषज्ञ। जोम्बी प्रेमी। अति कफी अधिवक्ता। बियर ट्रेलब्लाजर। अप्रिय यात्रा फ्यान।"