The Centre on June 23 released another survey report ranking the cities on the basis of their cleanliness. Shockingly, in West Bengal, nineteen out of 25 districts were placed at the bottom for not being clean as compared to other states. The survey conducted by the union housing and urban affairs ministry also positioned Gujarat’s Bhadreshwar which has a population of over 1 lakh at the bottom of the list for failing to maintain cleanliness standards up to the mark.  

However, there are several other cities that have performed badly in keeping their surroundings clean because of practising open defecation, solid waste processing and disposal. Some of them whose positions have been degraded are Darjeeling, Siliguri, Serampore, Madhyamgram, North Barrackpore, Bankura. Not only that, even a couple of districts in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have been found to be dirty, figuring in the bottom of the list. West Bengal fared among the bottom 4 dirtiest states in the country, followed by Nagaland, Puducherry and Tripura.

According to a report, the department surveyed as many as 4203 urban local bodies between January and March and ranked under various categories based on their population. Interestingly, this time even the cantonment boards run by the Indian army were included in the list of the survey.

According to the survey report, Jharkhand has been awarded the title of India’s cleanest state. Maharashtra has bagged second position and Chattisgarh at the third position. Notably, this new survey report was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore on June 23, 2018.  The Prime Minister also gave away the award to the cleanest state and cities at a function. Varanasi, which is famous for being PM Modi’s constituency, was ranked 29 among the list of 500 cities. In 2017, it was ranked 32.

Speaking to the media about the survey report, Centre for Policy Research President, Yamini Aiyar said that such data and ranking at periodic intervals keeps a check and puts the spotlight on the issue, but the real devil lies in the detail.  

The ministry in May 2018 also announced the winners of the 2018 Swachhata Sarvekshan but had not announced the list of the dirtiest city. This survey was completed in 66 days by the 2700 Urban Local Bodies as part of the programme. 


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