Though things are better than they were when it was pushed to 29th spot past year, the hope is that the authorities as well as citizens will not get carried away by the latest award for the city but focus unrelentingly on making it genuinely clean. There's no doubt in the fact that our city attractive Chandigarh is also one of the cleanest city in the country as per 2018 survey by bagging the 3rd spot.
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.
Besides the city winning in the best capital category, under the south zonal awards three cities from Telangana - Siddipet, Bod Uppal and Peerzadiguda also found a mention. Each city was rated only for one award. Janardhan Reddy, stating that this was "the mother of all awards", said it emphasized the core concern of city governance in present days.
While state's Vijayawada stood as the cleanest city in the one million population category, Tirupati won the best city award in the solid waste management category.
Indore was the cleanest city in 2017 as well, but that survey was conducted only for around 430 cities. It is the top 3 cities that matter the most in every year's Swachh Survekshan survey.
Mayor had repeatedly said that the city will remain second to none this time and all efforts to grab the first position in cleanliness podium were made this time. 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.
Announcing the results here, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that he has lived in some of the cleanest cities in the world and the cleanliness levels in Indore and Bhopal will give them a run for their money. The civic body had focused on ODF status for which along with public toilets, modular toilets were also placed across the city.
Mayor Nanda Jichkar said the city failed on one ground - no segregation of garbage. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.