The results of the Swachh Survekshan 2017 Survey have been announced with Indore emerging as the cleanest city in India. Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchirapally, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara and Chandigarh are the other top 10 cleanest cities in India in 2017.
This cleanliness survey is conducted every year by the Ministry of Urban Development to rank 434 cities and towns across India based on their cleanliness and foster the spirit of keeping the environment clean. The survey used various criteria for different components of sanitation such as: a) Solid waste management including door-to-door collection, processing, and waste disposal, prevention of open defecation (45% marks); b) Citizen feedback (30%); and c) field inspection (25%).
Mysuru, which topped the list in the 2016 survey, has slipped to number five this year, while Tiruchirapally gets the sixth rank, followed by New Delhi. Though there cannot be absolute comparison between the rankings of 2016 and for 2017 since the parameters have been tweaked, it is evident from the results that six of the top 10 clean cities of 2017: Indore, Bhopal, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Tirupati and Vadodara have improved their sanitation rankings.
According to the survey, four of the dirtiest cities are from UP, two each from Bihar and Punjab and one each from Uttarakhand and Maharashtra. Surprisingly, cities in West Bengal have not been ranked since the state government did not participate in the Swachh Survekshan.