Indore again emerges as cleanest city, Bhopal maintains 2nd spot

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 May 2018 10:29:33



Staff Reporter

INDORE again emerged as cleanest city of India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the Government’s cleanliness survey. Results of Swachh Survekshan 2018 were announced by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday in which Indore has been declared cleanest city in the survey. In the cleanliness survey of year 2018, Bhopal lost first rank to Indore despite all the efforts undertaken by Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC). Notably last year in 2017, survey was conducted only for around 430 cities across the country, while this year cleanliness survey was carried out in around 4,200 cities of India.

Swachh Survekshan aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country. 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. Efforts made by BMC towards cleanliness in the city in last one year has fetched it the rank as this year 4,000 cities were participating in the survey. This time, BMC along with an NGO ‘Sanidhya’ had undertaken several unique initiatives just because of which the city has stood second across the country.

Several drives included ‘Roko Toko’ Abhiyaan to make the State capital open defecation free (ODF). The civic body had focused on ODF status for which along with public toilets, modular toilets were also placed across the city. Public toliets were also installed with feedback machine through which a user can send message about sanitation status to the BMC. Apart from this, other efforts such as separate dust bins for dry and wet waste, biomethanisation plants, sweeping of the city round-the-clock, spot fines for spreading filth etc failed to fetch Bhopal number one rank. Another unique experiment carried out by BMC was radio station installed at Roshanpura Square which was assembled using scraps collected from the city under the initiative called ‘Kabaad se Jugaad’ to spread awareness among locals about civic sense. At the time of cleanliness survey, BMC staff along with Mayor Alok Sharma had intensified cleanliness drive in the city. The team of Union Government which had come for survey in the city in February had also showered praises on city’s cleanliness. The Mayor had repeatedly said that the city will remain second to none this time for which no effort will be spared this year. Several chaupals were organised across the city for the purpose where the Mayor interacted with residents and appealed them to keep their surroundings clean. Other unique initiative taken by BMC included ‘Eighth Vachan’ which was a vow on cleanliness which newly married couples were administered so that they give equal importance to cleanliness in their surroundings for a clean society.