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5th Swachh Survekshan 2020 Announced by Hardeep Singh Puri; Indore is India’s Cleanest City 4th Time in a Row

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Indore-Creates-Record-by-Winning-Title-of-Cleanest-City-Fourth-Time-in-A-Row-Swachh-Survekshan-2020On August 20, 2020, during a virtual event of Swachh Mahotsav organized by, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (MoS)-Independent Charge (I/C) MoHUA announced the 5th edition of the annual cleanliness urban survey of India i.e.”Swachh Survekshan 2020 (SS2020)” conducted by MoHUA.  A total of 129 awards were given by the minister in which Madhya Pradesh’s Indore Creates record as India’s cleanest city for the 4th consecutive time while Gujarat’s Surat and Maharashtra’s Navi Mumbai grabbed 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

  • SS2020, the 28 days long completely digitized and paperless nationwide survey is the world’s largest cleanliness survey covering 1.87 crore citizens of 4,242 cities, 62 cantonment boards and 92 towns along the Ganga river.
  • The SS2020 was focused on 9 key areas including 3R Principles of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
  • The event also saw the felicitation of MoHUA’s partner organisations in the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) viz. United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and Google.

Following table shows the top rankers in states:

Rank/Category State
States with Less than 100 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
1 Jharkhand
2 Haryana
3 Uttarakhand
1 (Fastest Mover State) Assam
States with More than 100 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs)
1 Chhattisgarh
2 Maharashtra
3 Madhya Pradesh (MP)
1 (Fastest Mover State) Odisha

Following table shows cleanest cities under different categories:

Rank City State
National Ranking (Cities > 10 Lakh)
1 Indore Madhya Pradesh (MP)
2 Surat Gujarat
3 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
National Ranking (Cities 1 – 10 Lakh)
1 Ambikapur Chhattisgarh
2 Mysore Karnataka
3 New Delhi (NDMC) Delhi
Zonal Ranking (Cities 50 K – 1 Lakh)
1 (East Zone) Dhamtari Chhattisgarh
1 (North Zone) Gangaghat Uttar Pradesh (UP)
1  (North-East Zone) Jorhat Assam
1 (South Zone) Palamaneru Andhra Pradesh (AP)
1 (West Zone) Karhad Maharashtra
Zonal Ranking (Cities 25 K – 50 K)
1 (East Zone) Jashpur Nagar Chhattisgarh
1 (North Zone) Nawanshahr Punjab
1  (North-East Zone) Mokokchung Nagaland
1 (South Zone) Medchal Telangana
1 (West Zone) Sasvad Maharashtra
Zonal Ranking (Cities upto 25 K)
1 (East Zone) Patan Chhattisgarh
1 (North Zone) Awagarh Uttar Pradesh (UP)
1  (North-East Zone) Jiribam Manipur
1 (South Zone) Piriyapatna Karnataka
1 (West Zone) Panhala Maharashtra
Cantonment (Cantt) Boards Ranking
1 Jalandhar Cantt Punjab
2 Delhi Cantt Delhi
3 Meerut Cantt Uttar Pradesh (UP)
ULBs Ranking – More than 1 Lakh Population
1 Indore Madhya Pradesh (MP)
2 Surat Gujarat
3 Navi Mumbai Maharashtra
ULBs Ranking – Less than 1 Lakh Population
1 Karad Maharashtra
2 Sasvad Maharashtra
3 Lonavala Maharashtra
Ganga Towns Ranking
1 (Less than 50 K Population) Chunar Uttar Pradesh (UP)
1 (50 K – 1 Lakh Population) Kannauj Uttar Pradesh (UP)
1 (More than 1 Lakh Population) Varanasi Uttar Pradesh (UP)

Category-wise Awards at National Level (SS2020 Awards):

Above 40 Lakh Population:

  • India’s Cleanest Mega City– Amdavad, Gujarat
  • Best Mega City in Citizen Feedback- Hyderabad, Telangana
  • Best Mega City in Innovation and Best Practices- Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  • Best Self Sustainable Mega City- Bengaluru, Karnataka

10-40 Lakh Population:

  • India’s Cleanest Big City– Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh (AP)
  • Best Big City in Citizen Feedback- Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh (MP)
  • Best Big City in Innovation and Best Practices- Ludhiana, Punjab
  • Best Self Sustainable Big City- Rajkot, Gujarat
  • Fastest Mover Big City- Jodhpur, Rajasthan

3- 10 Lakh Population:

  • India’s Cleanest Medium City– Mysuru, Karnataka
  • Best Medium City in Citizen Feedback- East Singhbhum, Jharkhand
  • Best Medium City in Innovation and Best Practices- Berhampur, Odisha
  • Best Self Sustainable Medium City- Bhilainagar, Chhattisgarh
  • Fastest Mover Medium City- Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh (UP)

1-3 Lakh Population:

  • India’s Cleanest Small City– Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh
  • Best Small City in Citizen Feedback- Ratlam, Madhya Pradesh
  • Best Small City in Innovation and Best Practices- Alappuzha, Kerala
  • Best Self Sustainable Small City- Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh (AP)
  • Fastest Mover Small City- Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

State Capital/Union Territories (UTs):

  • India’s Cleanest Capital– New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), Delhi
  • Best UT in Citizen Feedback- Chandigarh
  • Best State Capital in Innovation and Best Practices- Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • Best Self Sustainable State Capital- Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (MP)
  • Fastest Mover State Capital- Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh (UP)

Other Awards:

  • India’s cleanest city (< 1 Lakh Population)– Karad, Maharashtra
  • Best City in Maximum Citizen Participation (< 1 Lakh Population)- Nandprayag, Uttarakhand
  • Best City in Maximum City Participation (> 1 Lakh population)-  Nagar Nigam Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP)
  • Best City overall in National Citizen Led Innovation- Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh (MP)

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Key Points:

-The cleanliness survey report, along with reports on Swachh Survekshan Innovations and best practices, Swachh Survekshan Social Media Report and Report on Assessment of Ganga Towns were also released at the ‘Swachh Mahotsav’ event.

-Dignitaries from all over the country, Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MOHUA, Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Municipal Commissioners and swachhta warriors also attended the online event.

Recent Related News:

In July 2020, MoHUA launched the 6th edition of the survey,  Swachh Survekshan 2021 which saw the introduction of a new performance category, the Prerak DAUUR Samman which has a total of five additional sub- categories -Divya (Platinum), Anupam (Gold), Ujjwal (Silver), Udit (Bronze), Aarohi (Aspiring).

About Swachh Survekshan:

Launched in 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi its objective was to monitor the performance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which was launched on October 2, 2014, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Mysuru was chosen as the cleanest city in India in that edition of the survey.
  • The extensive sanitation survey is commissioned by the MoHUA and carried out annually by Quality Council of India (QCI).