Indore India's cleanest city, Mumbai best among state capitals

Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad was adjudged the "fastest mover big city" in this survey.

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. "It was a conscious decision not to give more than one award to one city".

Indore and Bhopal have retained their position as the top two cleanest cities for the second consecutive year.

The award for India's Best City based on citizens' feedback was given to Kota in Rajasthan, Best City in Innovation and Best Practices to Nagpur in Maharashtra, Best City in Solid Waste Management to Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra, Cleanest Medium City to Mysuru in Karnataka and Cleanest Small City to the New Delhi Municipal Council area.

Previous year the government's cleanliness survey was conducted in 434 cities, but this time, Bhopal had to compete with 4203 cities across the country to retain its position.

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While a lot of work went in to becoming the cleanest cities in 2017, a lot more work went in to retaining these rankings in 2018, especially since other cities became serious about the competition. Janardhan Reddy, stating that this was "the mother of all awards", said it emphasized the core concern of city governance in present days. "We thank the staff and citizens for their cooperation in keeping the city clean and giving positive feedback during the survey organised by the MoHUA", Municipal Commissioner J Nivas told TNIE. The results of Swachh Survekshan 2018, which aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country, were announced by Union Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri today.

Focussing on open defecation free status, civic body constructed public toilets and place modular toilets across the city. The Swachh Bharat Survey was conducted in February this year.

The cities were categorised by population.

On the establishment front, more staff was recruited for garbage collection, new vehicles have been purchased and dumping of garbage at designated spots has been disallowed.

Contrary to the expectations and much to the disappointment of the denizens of the city, port city Vizag has failed to maintain its ranking in the Swachh Survekshan for 2018.

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