Karnataka’s Mysore stood first place in top ten cleanest cities in India followed by the Tamil Nadu’s Thiruchirapalli (Trichy) in Swachh Bharat rankings announced two days back.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission)
Swachh Bharat initiative was first taken by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. This campaign fully came into consideration on 2nd October, 2014 with the aim to accomplish cleanliness across the nation. The mission started by Government of India covers 4041 statutory towns in order to clean streets, roads and to maintain personal hygiene.
Under Swachh Bharat campaign, the main moto is to promote cleanliness with the construction of household as well as public toilets. This campaign also ensures the proper collection and disposal of municipal waste. 476 Class-I cities have been shortlisted across the nation and provided with rankings keeping in mind the elements of Swachh Bharat campaign.
Swachh Bharat rankings
The major cities in States like Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala were surveyed under this campaign. The overall rankings of these cities are based on different parameters on a total of 100. These parameters include waste-water treatment, solid waste management, quality of drinking water etc.
The survey was being conducted for the year 2014-15 by Ministry of Urban Development under National Sanitation Policy 2008. The cities, which ranked in top ten are – Mysuru, Thiruchirapalli from Tamil Nadu, Navi Mumbai, Kochi from Kerala, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru from Karnataka, Thiruvananthapuram from Kerala, Halisahar from West Bengal and Gangtok from Sikkim. According to the government report, these cities qualified on based of solid waste management and open defecation.
Mysore (Mysuru) however grabs the spot of first place being the cleanest city from Kerala with three more cities from the state figuring their position in top 100. According to state wise ranking, West Bengal finds 25th position of its cities/towns in top 100 ranking.
There were some cities who were placed at the bottom of the the ranking system for not maintaining the cleanliness record. There were around 74 cities from north, 2 from south, 21 from east and 3 from west.
“Swachh Bharat” mission was implemented by the Government of India in order to provide an eco-friendly environment for ourselves as well as for our future generation. So it is the responsibility of common people to check for cleanliness.