Indore was conferred the tag of being the cleanest city of India third time in a row by the cleanliness survey conducted by the central government of India.
While Ambikapur in Chattisgarh bagged the second rank, the third rank was taken by Mysore, Karnataka. Both Indore and Bhopal were the same rank holders in the last year’s survey but this year, Bhopal came out to be a clear winner. This year for the Swach Survekshan award, 4203 cities were in contention as compared to 434 cities in 2017 thus making it a significant improvement.
This year’s Swach Survekshan awards were adjudged by the President Mr. Ram Nath Kovind himself. “Mahatma Gandhi had played a pivotal role in spearheading the movement of cleanliness. I hope people will take inspiration from the just concluded Kumbh Mela and the level of cleanliness in it,” Kovind said.
“There is a need to change the mindset of the people towards cleanliness as many people pay a lot of attention to personal hygiene and cleanliness at home but not to public cleanliness. The culture of cleanliness has to become an integral part of in the lives of the citizens,” he further added.
Aiming for cleanliness and hygiene, Indore inculcated many changes in waste management These improvements have led to Indore bagging the title for three times in a row. Indore adopted the technique of door-to-door waste collection by removing the age-old system of garbage bins. Residents were encouraged to carry dustbins inside their cars and avoid littering on roads or public places. They made compost from the biodegradable waste products. People made a big shift by avoiding the use of polythene bags. Dustbins were also being distributed during wedding functions in Indore. People were employed to collect garbage from roads and shops in the evenings and nights. Indore even tactically made children the brand ambassadors for their cleanliness drive programs, which played off really very well.