Swachh Survekshan 2017
Ministry of urban development conducted swachh survekshan survey all around the country. The performance evaluation of the swachh survekshan is conducted by quality council of India in association with central government. Results of this year’s survey confirmed that a major transformation in respect of sanitation is taking place in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. They are the movers and shakers of the cleanliness drive,” urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu, said.
The survey was conducted in 434 cities and towns to monitor the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The cities surveyed were ranked on criteria which included solid waste management, open defecation-free status, citizen participation and independent observation. They were assessed on a total of 2000 marks. According to the government, these 434 cities and towns account for 60% of the country’s urban population.
Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh account for 31 of the cities ranked in the top 50. This list includes cities from 14 states. Out of the 62 cities surveyed in Uttar Pradesh, 41 are ranked among the bottom 100. According to the survey, the list of bottom 100 cities also includes 15 cities from Bihar, 13 from Rajasthan and seven from Punjab.
According to reports Eighty percent of the respondents have reported a definite improvement in cleanliness in our cities and towns over the last year. Sanitation-related infrastructure and services like waste collection and processing have also improved.
Last year, a similar survey was conducted by the government in 73 cities in which Mysuru, topped the survey and has been ranked fifth this year.
Faridabad in Haryana has been ranked as the fastest moving city, securing an overall rank of 88, an improvement from 2016 where it was in the bottom one-third. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, has improved to rank 32 this year from 418 in 2014.