Indore was named India’s cleanest city for the fifth time in a row in the annual central government cleanliness awards, while Chhattisgarh retained the top position in the state category.

Second and third place in the “Cleanest City” category of the “Swachh Survekshan Awards, 2021” were won by Surat and Vijayawada respectively.

Varanasi, represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha, was named “the cleanest city on the Ganges”, while Munger and Patna of Bihar were ranked second and third in the category.

Although Indore and Surat retained their positions in the “Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021”, Navi Mumbai lost her third place to Vijaywada and was in fourth position in the latest survey results announced by the Ministry of Housing and of Union Urban Affairs on Saturday.

President Ram Nath Kovind presented the awards in the presence of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others at an event here.

The ministry said in the latest national cleanliness survey, 4,320 cities were covered in 28 days, adding that more than 4.2 key people had given their opinions.

Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, which have more than 100 urban local bodies, were ranked the second and third cleanest state in the country. In the category of states with less than 100 urban local bodies, Jharkhand was ranked first, followed by Haryana and Goa.

The top 10 cleanest cities, with a population of over 1 lakh, are Indore, Surat, Vijaywada, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Ambikapur, Tirupati, Pune, Noida and Ujjain. Lucknow was ranked the lowest among 25 cities in the same category.

According to the ministry, the city of Vita in Maharashtra was ranked as the cleanest city with less than a lakh of inhabitants, followed by Lonavala and Sasvad.

New Delhi City Council was awarded the first position in the category of the country’s cleanest small towns with 1 to 3 lakh inhabitants, while Hoshangawad and Triputi respectively became the categories “fastest small town” and ” Best Small Town in Citizen Reviews ”.

Noida has become the country’s “cleanest mid-size city” in the three to 10 lakh population category. Navi Mumbai won first prize in the “Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge” category. It also took first place as India’s “cleanest big city” in the 10-40 lakh population category.

In the cantonment council category, Ahmedabad was ranked the cleanest city, followed by Meerut and Delhi.

Surat took first prize in the district ranking category while Indore and New Delhi took second and third positions respectively.

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