The central government released data for the first and second quarters of the Swachh Bharat survey in the current fiscal on Tuesday. In both, Indore topped the chart of the cleanest cities in the country.
In this survey, Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, was at No. 2 in the first quarter, but it slipped to No. 5 in the second quarter. Rajkot of Gujarat, which ranked No. 5 in the first quarter, jumped straight into the second position in the second quarter.
Indore is followed by Rajkot, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara and then Bhopal among the top five cities with a population of over 10 lakh.
Mayor of Indore Malini Gaur expressed happiness with a tweet where she congratulated the inhabitants of the city.
The Swachhta Survey 2020 will run from 4 to 31 January 2020, Gaur informed in another tweet. “We have to come first in that survey as well and hit a four,” she wrote, drawing from the cricket lexicon.
In the two rounds so far, 50% of the survey is done. Each round carries 25% marks.
Cleanliness was mainly assessed on five criteria including garbage collection, garbage processing or disposal, action against garbage spreaders and disposal of waste in bulk.
The next survey has three criteria. It will have public feedback, ‘Water Plus’ and star ranking which will be of 1,000 points. Water Plus refers to the reuse of used water.
This time, 3,971 cities across the country participated in the cleanliness survey. Forty-nine cities made it to the category of cities with a population of 10 to 25 lakh each. Out of a possible 1,860 marks, Indore topped with 1,632.72 points.
In the past
In this survey carrying 6,000 marks, only 300 marks have been given in the first and second quarters because the municipal bodies had to feed online data on the work that was going on. The third survey ended on 31 December. It carried 500 points.
The final survey will carry 1,500 marks for public feedback, 1,500 marks for self-observation and 1,000 points for the star rating. Apart from this, marks will be given on different experiments being conducted in the city for cleanliness.