Indore cleanest city; Gonda dirtiest: Survey

NEW DELHI: Indore in Madhya Pradesh has emerged as the cleanest city in the country, while Gonda in Uttar Pradesh has been found to be the dirtiest, the Government said today.

Bhopal, also in MP, occupies the second best spot among 434 cities and towns, followed by Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Surat in Gujarat, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, announcing the results of an exercise he described as a citizens’ verdict.

Overall, 37 lakh people responded to a set of six questions about the city they belonged to in the survey of 434 cities, which account for about 60 per cent of the total urban population in the country. The response of 18 lakh people was taken into consideration for the survey after the elimination of duplicate feedback.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, has soared up the cleanliness scale, occupying the 32nd position in ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’, which is a part of the Modi Government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) or Clean India Mission. It ranked 65th last year and 418th in 2014.

Mysuru in Karnataka, which bagged the first spot in the last two surveys, has slipped to the fifth position. (AGENCIES)

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