New Delhi: Following a nation wide survey – “Swachh Survekshan 2016” under the Swachh Bharat Mission, Mysuru in Karnataka, for the second year in a row, has topped the list of the cleanest cities in India. The city was followed by Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi Municipal Council area and Vishakapatnam in the respective order.
“The survey is not done to demoralize any city or place of the country. It aims at generating a healthy competition among them,” said Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. He also added “It aims at popularizing the ‘Swachh Bharat’ Mission, “and to bring competitive spirit among people to keep their cities clean.”
Among the 73 cities surveyed, the Prime Minister’s constituency Varanasi ranked 65th. The survey was launched in the year 2014 on the lines of the Swachh Bharat Mission and the survey is being carried out by the Quality Council of India. The QC has been commissioned by the Government of India to survey the cities on the basis of Sanitation scenario in 75 major cities.
The list of the top 10 includes Mysuru, Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimprichindwad and Greater Mumbai.