Guwahati: Northeast Indian cities have fared poorly in Swachh Survekshan 2020, the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey of the country. Three cities from the region — Shillong (Meghalaya), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) and Dimapur (Nagaland) have featured in the top 10 dirtiest cities of the country.
The survey focused on collection segregated waste and maintenance till processing site, treatment and reuse of wastewater, curtailing solid waste-based air pollution, among other factors. While cities like Indore managed to remain at the top position, there were some cities that scored poorly due to mismanagement and were in the bottom 10.
For cities who have a population of less than 10 lakh, here’s the list for the country’s dirtiest:
- Bihar Sharif
While Indore managed to retain the top position for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019), Mysuru won the award for the cleanest city of India in the first edition of the survey. In a first, the Swachh Survekshan programme in 2019 was a completely digital survey completed in a record time.
In terms of cleanliness, while Gangtok ranked 319, other Northeast cities like Kohima, Aizawl, Imphal, Agartala, Guwahati, Itanagar and Shillong ranked 330, 337, 348, 356, 376, 377 and 325, respectively.
Swachh Survekshan is meant to monitor the performance of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which was launched on October 2, 2014, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It aims to make India open-defecation free by 2019.
The survey was introduced by the government with the objective of generating large-scale participation in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. It also aims at inculcating a spirit of healthy competition among cities towards becoming India’s cleanest cities.