In­dia’s Clean­est Cities

India Today - - UPFRONT -

As part of the Swachh Bharat move­ment, the min­istry of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment an­nu­ally ranks In­dia’s cities by cleanliness. Swachh Survek­shan 2017 ranked In­dore as In­dia’s clean­est and found Gonda at the bot­tom of the heap. Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi’s con­stituency, came in at #32. Mad­hya Pradesh, Gu­jarat and Andhra Pradesh ac­count for with 31 of the top 50 cities. Ac­cord­ing to the Swachh Survek­shan web­site, the sur­vey aims to “foster a healthy com­pe­ti­tion... for im­prov­ing cleanliness”. But the Cen­tre for Sci­ence and En­vi­ron­ment, an NGO, ar­gues that the sur­vey re­wards cities that fail to man­age waste in en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able ways, and pe­nalises cities like Pan­jim, which adopt more de­cen­tralised ap­proaches.

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