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Surat and Indore are the cleanest cities in India, according to the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023

  • Surat in Gujarat and Indore in Madhya Pradesh were named India’s cleanest cities at the Union Urban Affairs Ministry’s annual clean city awards 2023.


  • The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) launched Swachh Survekshan in 2016 as a competitive framework to encourage urban sanitation improvements and community engagement.
  • Swachh Survekshan has expanded over time to become the world’s largest urban sanitation survey.
  • The emphasis of the 2023 version (SS 2023) is on waste source segregation, expanding city waste processing capacity, and minimising trash delivered to dumpsites.
  • SS 2023 adds additional indicators with greater significance, concentrating on phased plastic reduction, improved plastic waste management, “waste to wonder” parks, and zero-waste events.
  • SS 2023 encourages the ranking of wards within cities.
  • The survey rates cities based on specific indications such as ‘Open Urination’ (Yellow Spots) and ‘Open Spitting’ (Red Spots).

Highlights from the 2023 Clean City Awards 

  • Top Rankings: Surat and Indore tied for first place, with Navi Mumbai taking third place in the category of cleanest cities.
  • Indore’s Consistent Success: Indore has been named the cleanest city for the seventh consecutive year.
  • Other notable cities include: Greater Visakhapatnam, Bhopal, Vijayawada, New Delhi, Tirupati, Greater Hyderabad, and Pune are also among the top ten cleanest cities in India.

Special Categories and State Rankings

  • Maharashtra has emerged as the top performer in the state rankings, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
  • Smaller Cities and Cantonment Boards: Sasvad and Lonavala in Maharashtra, and Patan in Chhattisgarh, were the best achievers in cities with a population of less than one lakh. Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow Cantonment Board was named the cleanest cantonment board.
  • Cleanest Ganga Towns: Varanasi and Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh were named the cleanest towns on the Ganga.

Themes and Awards

  • Awards for Swachh Survekshan: These awards, launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), have grown to become the world’s largest urban sanitation survey.
  • Themes: The topic of the 2023 poll was “Waste to Wealth,” whereas the forthcoming 2024 survey will emphasise “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.”

Indore’s Ascension to the Top of the Rankings

  • Indore’s extraordinary rise from 25th place in 2016 to regular first place is impressive.
  • Key Success Factors: The success of the city is credited to a sustainable waste collection, processing, and disposal system, as well as community engagement and innovative sanitation initiatives.

Sanitation Initiatives in Indore

  • trash Segregation and Disposal: Indore updated its sanitation and trash collection system, enlisting the help of non-governmental organisations and altering the routes of rubbish disposal trucks.
  • Legacy rubbish Management: The city cleaned and handled a considerable volume of legacy rubbish at the Devguradiya landfill in a timely and effective manner.
  • Infrastructure Development: Funds have been set up for the construction of garbage transfer terminals and treatment plants.
  • Community Engagement: Efforts were made to instill good cleanliness practices in residents, such as the provision of free trash cans and the imposition of fines for littering.
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