President Droupadi Murmu has presented awards as part of Azadi@75 Swachh Survekshan 2022.
- Indore has been adjudged the cleanest city of India for the sixth year in a row, while Madhya Pradesh is the cleanest state in the country.
- Surat is the second cleanest city and Navi Mumbai comes a close third in the category of cities with a population more than a lakh.
- Visakhapatnam was adjudged the fourth cleanest city in the country (In over 10 lakh population category).
- In the population category of less than one lakh, Panchgani and Karad from Maharashtra bagged the first and third positions respectively, while Patan from Chhattisgarh bagged the second position.
- Tirupati received the best city award in Safai Mitra Suraksha category, while Haridwar in Uttarakhand received the award for the best Ganga town in more than one lakh population cities.
- Bijnor ranked first among Ganga towns with less than one lakh population, followed by Kannauj and Garhmukhteshwar.
- Maharashtra’s Deolali was adjudged the country’s cleanest Cantonment Board.
- Shivamogga in Karnataka received the fast mover city award.
- Tripura got the cleanest State award in the “less than 100 urban local bodies category”.
About Swachh Survekshan –
- It is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India, launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (specifically under SBA-Urban).
- It was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) with Quality Council of India (QCI) as its implementation partner.
- The SBA was launched (on 2nd October 2014) to make India clean and free of open defecation by 2nd October 2019.
- The SBA was split into two – rural (SBA-Gramin, monitored by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Ministry of Jal Shakti) and urban (SBA-Urban, overseen by the MoHUA).
- SBM-U 2.0 was recently launched on 1st October, 2021, focused on ensuring complete access to sanitation facilities for all.
- The vision of a Garbage Free India is an initiative under SBM-U 2.0.
- The first survey was undertaken in 2016 (covering 73 cities), which had grown to cover 4242 (by the 2020 survey).