Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday congratulated and praised the residents of Bhopal and Indore for once against making both the cities cleanest among others. The volume of garbage at the trenching ground in Indore has in fact reduced over the last two years. 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.
With only the first three rankings being announced, the officials hope that the city would stand at least among the top 5 cleanest cities in the country. It is a pan-India survey of all cities and states rating them on the basis of cleanliness and public feedback among other indicators.
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If you are wondering which are the "worst-performing cities", in terms of cleanliness, then you have to wait for a while. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs released the awards.
As compared to 2017, where Swachh Survekshan was conducted in 434 cities, for this year, the scope was enhanced manifold. It is the top 3 cities that matter the most in every year's Swachh Survekshan survey.
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The total marks for the contest was 4,000 with 70 marks allotted for innovation. This year, 35% weightage was given to citizen feedback, 30% weightage to direct observation and 45 % percent weightage has been given to service level progress.
In the category of cities with less than 0.1 million population, the cleanest city was Bhadson (Punjab) in the north zone, Bundu (Jharkhand) in the east zone, Kakching (Manipur) in the north east zone, Siddipet (Telangana) in the south zone, and Panchgani (Maharashtra) in the west zone. "Indore and New Mumbai are doing well when it comes to waste segregation", she said, adding that next year "Nagpur will score better as the civic body is all set to start bio-mining and waste to energy projects". The city is far from being Swacch in the real sense of the term, the award notwithstanding.
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As per the rankings announced for 2018, Chandigarh was rated the third cleanest city in the country.