Swachh Survekshan 2020 awards have been announced on Thursday and Indore became India’s cleanest city for the 4th consecutive time. Hardeep Singh Puri,the Union Minister announced the result of Swachh Survekshan 2020 at the Swachh Mahotsav, award Ceremony in the national capital was being organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
“Heartiest congratulations! Indore is India’s cleanest city 4th year in a row. The city & its people have shown exemplary dedication towards cleanliness. Congratulations to MP CM @ChouhanShivraj people, political leadership & Municipal Corporation for this superlative performance,” tweeted Puri.
“We are confident that with the help of our hard-working sanitary workers, aware citizens and public representatives of Indore, we will secure first place in the cleanliness survey for the fourth consecutive time and our slogan of hitting a four in terms of cleanliness will turn out to be true”, said Pratibha Pal, Indore Municipal Corporation Commissioner on Wednesday.
Surat, the lively industrial city of Gujarat emerged as India’s second cleanest city. Navi Mumbai won the award for the 3rd cleanest city of the country. Varanasi has been declared as the ‘best Ganga town’ in the centre’s cleanliness survey.
This is the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey of the country. A total number of of 129 awards will be handed over to the top performing cities and states. The Minister interacted with select beneficiaries, Clean India Warriors and Sanitation Workers under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban from diverse parts of the country via video conference.
Swachh Survekshan was started in 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While Mysuru won award in 2016 for the cleanest city of India, Indore has so far retained the top position for three consecutive years, 2017, 2018 and 2019.