Swachh Survekshan 2018: Nagpur awarded India's Best City in 'Innovation & Best Practices

Swachh Survekshan 2018 Indore is India's cleanest city followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh

Contrary to the expectations and much to the disappointment of the denizens of the city, port city Vizag has failed to maintain its ranking in the Swachh Survekshan for 2018.

The Union government has selected Mangaluru as "India's best city in solid waste management" under the categories of cities having a population between three lakh and 10 lakh under Swachhata Survekshan 2018. This time it was conducted for around 4,203 cities. Mayor Alok Sharma, Municipal Commissioner Priyanka Das and corporators celebrated the feat as the city has been ranked second only to Indore in the cleanliness survey of 2018 which was conducted by the Union Government.

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Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada was India's Cleanest Big City while the Fastest Mover Big City tag was given to Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, which rose to 32nd place from 356.

The heritage city of Mysuru has bagged the "India's Cleanest Medium City" tag in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings. The efforts made by the BMC towards cleanliness in the city in last one year has fetched it the rank as this year the competition was much tougher as the number of competitors had grown. No matter wherever you go in the world, Chandigarh has a special vibe and it is said that once you have lived in Chandigarh, you'll not like any other city.

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Puri said that the names of the worst performing cities would be announced on the day the awards would be presented.

The awards were announced by Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). The move had also helped the civic body to make Nagpur city open defecation free. Several chaupals were organised across the city for the goal where the Mayor interacted with residents and appealed them to keep their surroundings clean. The Swachh Bharat Survey was conducted in February this year. Compared to the previous surveys, this year's exercise allocated substantial weightage to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience.

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On the establishment front, more staff was recruited for garbage collection, new vehicles have been purchased and dumping of garbage at designated spots has been disallowed.

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