Indore has bagged the cleanest city award for third straight year under Swachh Survekshan, 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind presented Swachh Survekhshan-2019 Awards in New Delhi today. New Delhi Municipal Council area got the cleanest small city award.
Uttarakhand’s Gauchar was adjudged the Best Ganga Town in the survey. Swachh Survekshan 2019 covered all Urban Local Bodies in the country, making it the largest such cleanliness survey in the world. In his address, President Ram Nath Kovind said India has made remarkable progress towards achieving the goals of rural and urban sanitation. He said nowadays, a city or village is identified by its emphasis on cleanliness and this is an important change.
He also lauded Indore for winning the first prize in all the four surveys so far, adding that Indore has set an example for other urban centres.Mr Kovind said that cleanliness should be integral to the behaviour of every citizen to make it effective and sustainable.
He stressed that many people pay attention to personal hygiene but remain apathetic to public and community cleanliness. He urged educational institutions to include cleanliness in their curriculum and spread awareness about the importance of sanitation.Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, the urban transformation that is being attempted in the country is the most comprehensive and ambitious framework of planned urbanisation.