Mysuru Emerges as the Cleanest City in the Country
BENGALURU: As part of the ‘Swach Bharat Abhiyan’or ‘Clean India Campaign’ launched by the Government of India in 2014, Mysuru has topped the list of being the cleanest city in the country. The rankings were updated on the parameters of open defecation, solid waste management, septic tank sludge, waste water treatment, drinking water quality, surface water quality of water bodies and mortality due to water born diseases, according to the Ministry of Urban Development.
The mission launched on 2nd October, 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the aim of achieving ‘Clean India’ by 2019, the year when the country would celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “A clean India would be the best tribute India could pay to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary in 2019,” said PM Modi during the launch of the mission.
Among the 476 class-1 cities in 31 states and Union Territories, each with a population of above one lakh, Mysure scored 18.50 out of 20 points on the parameters of minimizing open defecation and solid waste management practices.
As many as four cities from the state of Karnataka feature in the top ten with Bengaluru adjudged the cleanest capital in the country, featuring the seventh position of the top ten list.
Apart from Mysure and Bengaluru, the top ten list features Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Navi Mumbai, Kochi (Kerala), Hassan and Mandya (Karnataka), Thiruvananthapuram, Halisahar (West Bengal) and Gangtok (Sikkim).
Top 100 cities includes thirty nine from South India, twenty seven from East, fifteen from West, twelve from North and seven from North East. Damoh, a place in Madhya Pradesh was ranked at the bottom of the list, preceded by Bhind (Madhya Pradesh), Palwal and Bhiwani - both in Haryana, Chittaurgarh (Rajasthan), Bulandshahr (Uttar Pradesh), Neemuch (Madhya Pradesh), Rewari (Haryana), Hindaun (Rajasthan) and Sambalpur in Odisha at 467th rank.
Cities from North India figured prominently in the bottom 100 with as many as seventy four named in that list while there were twenty one from East, three from West and two from South.
Mysuru, the third populous city in the state of Karnataka is the cleanest city. The place is known for its art and culture, palaces and the festivities during the Dasara festival. Mysore Civic Corporation is responsible for the civic administration of the city.
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