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Cleanliness is next to godliness. It is an integral part of Indians and their culture. As far as the cleanest cities in India are concerned, there is a mixed bag of results. These rankings are based on multiple scalings like solid waste management, air quality, water, and sanitation. Overall, the state of cleanliness and sanitation in Indian cities has improved over the years, but there are still miles of the journey.
The role of government bodies and local municipalities is crucial in this regard. Both vision and action are needed to make our cities clean and livable. Therefore let us look at the ten cleanest cities in India as per the recent surveys and reports. You will surely feel proud as an Indian citizen after reading this.
The concept of cleanliness is subjective and varies from person to person. What one may consider clean, another may not. However, there are objective parameters based on which the neatness of a city can be judged. These include road cleanliness, air quality, green cover, waste management, etc. Based on such criteria, let us look at the ten cleanest cities in India.
Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, has ranked as the cleanest city in India for five consecutive years. A 100% praise-worthy feat, it is a result of the untiring efforts of the local municipality and the citizens. Although the city is known to be the state’s commercial capital, it has also set an example in terms of cleanliness. The city’s overall management is better than the so-called small towns tagged as the easiest to manage. There is no doubt as to how Indore has been able to achieve the top spot in the Cleanliness Survey.
Surat- Gujarat & Its Cleanest Cities In India
The ‘Diamond City of India’- Surat, is known for its booming diamond and textile industry. But that’s not all, and the city has also made a mark for itself in terms of cleanliness. Moreover, it is the second cleanest city in India and the first in Gujarat. It has constantly been striving to improve its sanitation and infrastructure facilities. Surat has come a long way from ranking 14th in the 2019 survey to jumping straight to the second spot. The endless efforts of the local authorities have finally paid off, and the city has reaped the rewards.
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Vijayawada was ranked 3rd in the Cleanliness Survey and is the second largest city in Andhra Pradesh. Surprisingly, the city has maintained its cleanliness quotient even after being densely populated. Moreover, its rise from the sixth to the third position is commendable and indicates the promising future of Vijayawada in terms of cleanliness. In addition, the city has famous temples and a sacred river running through it, adding to its charm. The biggest of all achievements is getting recognition as a “garbage-free city” under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra- Cleanest City In India That Never Sleeps
It is no surprise that Navi Mumbai has maintained its 4th position in the Cleanliness Survey. Despite the huge population, the civic authorities have done a great job keeping the city clean. Being an ardent follower of the three 3R’s mantra- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, the city has been a role model for many others. Navi Mumbai has successfully maintained its cleanliness, thanks to proper planning and management.
Pune, the “Oxford of the East,” has always been known for its cosmopolitan culture, and now it can also be called a clean city. Ranked 5th in the Cleanliness Survey, Pune has improved its position by two notches. The city is constantly working on various projects to make it cleaner and more livable. One such project is introducing the ‘Pune Model’ for door-to-door garbage collection. Moreover, the city has also set up a biogas plant to process wet waste and generate power. Not by any chance will Pune be left behind when it comes to cleanliness.
The capital city of Chhattisgarh, Raipur, has been ranked 6th in the Cleanliness Survey. Although it is a relatively newer city, it has been developing rapidly in recent years. It ranks 6th in the list of the cleanest cities in India and is a fast-developing metropolis. Moreover, this popular city will bring you close to nature with its many lakes and parks. The Raipur Municipal Corporation is constantly working towards making the city cleaner and greener.
Bhopal- Madhya Pradesh’s Cleanest City
Bhopal is Madhya Pradesh’s capital and is famous for its scenic lakes and historical monuments. Since the dreadful ‘Bhopal Gas Tragedy’ of 1984, the city has been striving to improve itself and has ranked 7th in the Cleanliness Survey. The city authorities have worked hard to make Bhopal a clean and safe place to live in. Thanks to their efforts, the city is slowly but surely shedding its negative image. In fact, Madhya Pradesh can be called the cleanest state in India as Indore and Bhopal, both cities from the state, feature in the top 10.
The third Gujarati city to feature in the top 10, Vadodara ranks 8th in the Cleanliness Survey. Also known as the ‘Sanskari Nagari’ or the ‘Cultural Capital of Gujarat,’ the city takes pride in its cleanliness. The Vadodara Municipal Corporation has taken various steps to make the city clean and green. Located at the banks of the sacred Vishwamitri river, the city is also famous for its gardens and temples. Not only has this place made quite a mark for itself in terms of cleanliness, but it is also one of the most lively cities in India.
Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
The ‘City of Destiny’ has definitely lived up to its name by becoming one of the cleanest cities in India. Ranked 9th in the Cleanliness Survey, Visakhapatnam is constantly working towards making itself cleaner and greener. The city authorities are in full swing to make the city even more neat and tidy. Vizag is also famous for its beautiful beaches, making it a perfect holiday destination. If you’re looking for cleanliness, then Visakhapatnam is the place to be.
Ahmedabad- Gujarat’s Third Cleanest City In India
Last but not least, Ahmedabad is the 10th cleanest city in India. This largest city of Gujarat is also the state’s commercial capital and has made notable progress in terms of development. Moreover, the city has not let the mushrooming of industries affect its cleanliness. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is working hard to make the city cleaner and more liveable. Thanks to their efforts, it has retained its position in the top 10. Overall, Gujrat as a state is progressing well in all terms.
Here is the end of the list. These are the cleanest cities in India. Studies reflect that the people living in these cities enjoy a higher standard of living and a better quality of life. Moreover, their residents take pride in the cleanliness and are constantly working towards making it even better. As responsible citizens, let’s all do our bit to make India a Clean India.