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Swachh Survekshan 2021 Awards: Indore Became India’s Cleanest City for 5th time

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Swachh Survekshan 2021 award

In November 2021, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, felicitated the awardees of the cleanest cities of India at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ hosted as part of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 (SBM-U 2.0) by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) is now in the process of conducting the sixth edition of the survey to rank all cities under Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) with Quality Council of India (QCI) as its implementation partner.
  • The award ceremony was organized to recognize the work done for Swachhata by towns/ cities, States and Union Territories (UTs) under various initiatives of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), such as Swachh Survekshan 2021 (SS 2021)-6th Edition SS2021, Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge, and certifications for Garbage Free Star rating for cities.
  •  More than 300 awards were given under various categories.

Key Points:

i.For the 5th consecutive year, Indore, Madhya Pradesh (MP), was awarded the title of India’s Cleanest City under SS 2021, while Surat, Gujarat and Vijayawada,  Andhra Pradesh, bagged the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively in the ‘more than 1 lakh population’ category .

ii.Vita, Lonavala, and Sasvad, cities from Maharashtra, bagged the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd positions respectively in India’s cleanest cities under the ‘less than 1 lakh population’ category.

iii.In SS 2021, Maharashtra bagged the highest number of awards i.e. a total of 92 awards, followed by Chhattisgarh with 67 awards.

SS2021 Awards:

a.More than 1 Lakh Population:


India’s Cleanest Cities

3Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh
Best City in Maximum citizens participationHapurUttar Pradesh (UP)
Best Citizen-led initiativeRajkotGujarat

b.Less than 1 Lakh Population:


India’s Cleanest Cities

Best City in Maximum citizens participationPatiyaliUP
Best Citizen-led initiativeKhanapurTelangana

c.1Lakh-3Lakh Population:

India’s ‘Cleanest Small City’New DelhiDelhi
Fastest Mover’ Small CityHoshangabad
(Ranked 87th, increase from 361st in the SS 2020)
Madhya Pradesh (MP)
Best Small City in ‘Citizens Feedback’TirupatiAndhra Pradesh
Best Small City in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’Dewas MP
Best ‘Self-Sustainable Small City’AmbikapurChhattisgarh

d.3 Lakh-10 Lakh Population:

 India’s ‘Cleanest Medium City’NoidaUP
Fastest Mover’ Medium CityHubli-DharwadKarnataka
 Best Medium City in ‘Citizens Feedback’UjjainMP
 Best Medium City in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’BrahmapurOdisha
Best ‘Self-Sustainable Medium City’MysoreKarnataka

e.10 Lakh -40 Lakh Population:

 India’s ‘Cleanest Big City’Navi MumbaiMaharashtra
Fastest Mover’ Big CityMeerutUttar Pradesh
Best Big City in ‘Citizens FeedbackVisakhapatnamAndhra Pradesh
 Best Big City in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’GhaziabadUttar Pradesh
Best ‘Self-Sustainable Big City’PuneMaharashtra

f.>40 Lakh Population:

India’s ‘Cleanest City’AhmedabadGujarat
Fastest Mover’ Mega CityBruhat Bengaluru  Karnataka
Best Mega City in ‘Citizens FeedbackNorth DelhiDelhi
Best Mega City in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’Greater MumbaiMaharashtra
Best ‘Self-Sustainable Mega City’Greater HyderabadTelangana



India’s Cleanest Cantonment (Cantt)

1Ahmedabad CanttGujarat
2Meerut CanttUttar Pradesh
3Delhi Cantt Delhi
Best Cantt in ‘Maximum Citizens Participation’Lansdowne CanttUttarakhand
 Best Cantonment in Citizens FeedbackVaranasi CanttUP
Best Cantonment in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’ 

Dehradun Cantt



Best ‘Self Sustainable’ CantonmentSecunderabad CanttTelangana
Fastest Mover’ CantonmentPachmarhi CanttMadhya Pradesh


India’s Cleanest State Capital/UTGandhinagarGujarat
Fastest Mover State Capital/UTRaipurChhattisgarh
Best State Capital in Citizens FeedbackLucknowUP
Best State Capital in Innovation & Best Practices 



Tamil Nadu

Best Self-Sustainable State Capital/UTBhopalMadhya Pradesh

i.Ganga Town:

CategoryGanga TownState
Best Ganga Town (>1 Lakh population)VaranasiUttar Pradesh
 Best Ganga Town (<1 Lakh population)KannaujUttar Pradesh

j.State Ranking:

States with less than 100 ULBs (Urban Local Bodies)

Best Performing State

Fastest Mover StateMizoram
States with more than 100 ULBs
Best Performing State1Chhattisgarh

(3rd consecutive year)

3Madhya Pradesh
Fastest Mover StateKarnataka

Overall – Best Citizen led Initiatives (All ULBs) – Panvel, Maharashtra

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Note – One city has been given only one Award. The city’s population is as per the 2011 Census.

About SS 2021 Awards in brief:

i.A total of 4,320 cities participated in the 2021 edition of the Swachh Survekshan with over  5 crores of citizens’ feedback, compared to 1.87 cores in 2020.

ii.SS 2021 has also helped identify over 6,000 innovations and best practices in sanitation and waste management from across urban India.

iii.Star rating system:

  • The Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities was introduced as a SMART framework by MoHUA in 2018, to evaluate cities across solid waste management parameters. In 2018, only 56 cities were awarded certification on the star rating. In 2021 around 2,238 cities applied for the star rating assessment.
  • A 3-star and 5-star rated cities were announced under the Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities in which, a total of 9 cities – Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada and Patan- have been certified as 5 star cities while 143 cities have been certified as 3 star.

iv.A song titled ‘Har Dhadkan Swachh Bharat Ki – Reaffirming a Nation’s Commitment to Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0’ was released by the President, to represent the commitment of all citizens, especially the children, youth and senior citizens, in the Swachhata journey.

v.A futuristic and state-of-the-art spatial GIS platform was launched to further propel the SBM-U 2.0 towards smart, data-driven decision making.

vi.Prerak DAUUR Samman:

  • A new category of awards is titled Prerak DAUUR Samman as part of Swachh Survekshan 2021. The Prerak DAUUR Samman has a total of five additional sub-categories such as Divya (Platinum), Anupam(Gold), Ujjwal(Silver), Udit(Bronze), aaRohi(Aspiring)
  • Indore (MP), Surat (Gujarat), Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra), New Delhi  Municipal Council(Delhi) and Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) were categorized as ‘Divya’ (Platinum). Click here to know more

vii.Indore, Navi Mumbai, Nellore and Dewas emerged as the top performers, across different population categories among 246 participating cities in the Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge, launched in 2020 by MoHUA.

viii.The revamped SBM -U 2.0 website and the integrated Management Information System portal ‘Swachhatam’ was launched.

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Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State(MoS), Ministry of Jal Shakti presided over the virtual launch of Swachh Survekshan Grameen(SSG) 2021 under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) (SBM(G)) Phase- II during the event organised by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS).

About Swachh Survekshan:

i.Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India.

ii.It was launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which aimed to make India clean and free of open defecation by 2nd October 2019.

iii.The 1st survey was undertaken in 2016 and covered 73 cities, by 2020 the survey had grown to cover 4242 cities and was said to be the largest cleanliness survey in the world.