New Delhi: Indore in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday bagged the title of India’s cleanest city in the central government’s cleanliness survey for the third consecutive year.
New Delhi Municipal Council area got the cleanest small city award while Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was adjudged Best Ganga Town in the survey.
The top-ranked cities received a statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi for their work towards cleanliness.
The Swachh Survekshan Awards 2019 were conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind at a brief ceremony in the national capital on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that India has made remarkable progress towards achieving the goals of rural and urban sanitation.
“Today, a city or village is identified by its emphasis on cleanliness. This is an important change. By winning the first prize in all the four surveys so far, Indore has set an example for other urban centers,” he said.
The President further stated that cleanliness should be integral to the behavior of every citizen to make it effective and sustainable.
“Many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness. Change in this mentality is important for achieving the goals of Swachh Bharat. He urged educational institutions to include cleanliness in their curriculum and spread awareness about the importance of sanitation,” he added.
These cleanliness awards are given by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
Congratulating the city of Indore, Union Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted: “Absolutely Brilliant! Indore is India’s Cleanest City for the 3rd year running. My heartiest congratulations to the Swachhagrahis of Indore for their unmatched dedication & participation in transforming Swachh Bharat into a Jan Andolan.”