President Droupadi Muru released the ranking of urban local bodies (ULBs) on cleanliness parameters for 2022 on Saturday. The NCR city of Noida has been ranked at 11th in the latest report compared to its 9th position in the 2021 survey report.
The ranking of ULBs has been done under two categories — more than one lakh and less than one lakh. Among ULBs that have less than one lakh population, four of the top five cleanest cities are from Maharashtra, which is almost similar to the trend of 2022. Panchgani in Maharashtra is the cleanest among these cities, followed by Patan in Chhattisgarh and Karhad in Maharashtra.
The 2022 survey covered 4,354 ULBs, including 62 Cantonment Boards and 91 Ganga Towns in the country. The first edition of Swachh Survekshan in 2016 covered only 73 ULBs. Barring 126 ULBs from West Bengal all other local bodies participated in the survey.
Among the 62 Cantonment Boards, Deolali in Maharashtra emerged as the cleanest followed by Ahmedabad and Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Delhi Cantonment Board finished 5th in the list.
“The main aim of Swachh Survekshan is to examine the cities for their levels of cleanliness and active implementation of Swachhata mission initiatives in a timely and innovative manner,” the housing and urban affairs ministry said.
In this survey, cities were assessed under various parameters in three phases throughout the year. The assessment had three components — Service Level Progress, Citizen Voice and Certifications. Under the citizen voice on field verifications were also done to validate the claims made by the ULBs. The ministry said samples were collected from 100% wards in the cities that were covered in this survey.
For the first time, the “citizen report card” was introduced for the survey, which was aimed to disseminate the information regarding the status of cleanliness in the city to the citizens. This covered different aspects such as segregated door to door waste collection, cleanliness of roads and public toilets, city beautification, cleanliness of market areas, residential areas, drains and water bodies, daily sweeping in residential areas, non-availability of open garbage dumps and citizen grievance redressal mechanism.