The government’s Swachh Survekshan Survey 2018 released its list of cleanest cities in India once again and guess what, Indore has again claimed the top spot as the cleanest Indian city!

Cleanest Indian city

For a remarkable second time in a row, Indore has become the cleanest India city among the 4,203 cities and towns which were surveyed by the Ministry of Urban Development. The second spot was claimed by Bhopal, again a city in Madhya Pradesh.

According to sources, Indore has made an incredible improvement in terms of waste management, improving its rank in the cleanliness ranking from 149 in 2014 to the top in 2017 and 2018!

Now that is called an improvement.

Cleanest Indian City

But how did Indore manage to surpass every other city in India in such a short span of time?

Well, that is because of the undying efforts of the citizens and the Indore Municipal Corporation who guided them.

What is the Swachh Survekshan Survey Based On?

The Swachh Survekshan Survey conducted by the Ministry of Urban Development takes into consideration three metrices:

–        Self-declarations made by the cities with respect to where they stand in terms of cleanliness

–        Direct observation and surveys carried out by independent agencies

–        Feedback by citizens


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What strategy did the IMC follow to make Indore come out on top?

The credit for the rapid improvement in the position of Indore as the cleanest Indian city goes to the spectacular waste management strategy of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) which focuses on appreciating those citizens who have shown exemplary effort in tackling waste in their neighbourhoods.

The best-performing citizens are even given a one-on-one with the city’s mayor!

If that isn’t encouragement enough to manage our waste at the house level, then I don’t know what is.

This is not it. The IMC also imposes a hefty fine on people who litter the city.

According to sources, in 2015-16 IMC followed a “binless city model” which included door-to-door collection and segregation of waste. All 600 garbage collecting vans in Indore have separate partitions to segregate waste into organic and inorganic which helps in its disposal later on. Authorities also focussed on making Indore an open defecation free city.

Cleanest Indian city

Moreover, citizens were encouraged to build compost pits at their homes so that they can dispose off the waste generated in an environment-friendly way.

To further encourage Indore people to take part in the waste management of the city, IMC also help competitions among institutions, hospitals, and other organizations to find groups who can come up with innovative ways of tackling the problem of waste.

All these steps not only made Indore stand first in the cleanliness ranking but also showed other cities a way to tackle the problem of waste management in creative ways.

As far as I know, there are only a few cities in India which seriously commit to the cause of waste management. So we can all actually take inspiration from Indore on how to make our respective cities clean and a healthy place to live.


Sources: The Hindu, Livemint, Livemint, Swachh India

Images Source: Google Images


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