Notably last year in 2017, survey was conducted only for around 430 cities across the country, while this year cleanliness survey was carried out in around 4,200 cities of India.
The Centre on Wednesday announced Madhya Pradesh's Indore as one of the cleanest cities in India, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh as per the Swachh Sarvekshan 2018 conducted in 4,203 cities. We'll continue efforts to maintain it: "#MP CM on Indore & Bhopal being ranked 1st & 2nd in Swachh Survekshan '18", Chouhan. The Swachh Bharat Survey was conducted in February this year. Janardhan Reddy, stating that this was "the mother of all awards", said it emphasized the core concern of city governance in present days.
A day after Greater Hyderabad was declared the Best State Capital in Solid Waste Management in the Swachh Survekshan rankings, accolades have begun pouring in.
Incidentally, Hunsur in Mysuru District bagged the "Best City" in Solid Waste Management-South Zone with a population of less than one lakh. While deciding the awards, it has been kept in mind that one city gets only one award i.e the category in which it has performed the best.
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The Minister said that during the Swachchh Survekshan 2018, a record number of 37.66 lakh citizen feedbacks were collected from 203 municipal areas across the country and 53.58 lakh Swachchhata apps downloaded.
Andhra Pradesh's Vijayawada was India's Cleanest Big City while the Fastest Mover Big City tag was given to Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad, which rose to 32nd place from 356. Compared to the previous surveys, this year's exercise allocated substantial weightage to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience. "The survey was organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban)", Puri said. Citizen feedback was also given notable consideration at the time of the resultant formulation.
The cities were categorised by population. Several chaupals were organised across the city for the objective where the Mayor interacted with residents and appealed them to keep their surroundings clean.