President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday presented the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021 at New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan. Gujarat's Surat was named the second cleanest city, while Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh was ranked third in the list.
Gujarat's Ahmedabad was conferred with Swachh Survekshan Awards 2021 for being the country's cleanest cantonment.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh has been ranked as the country's cleanest state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi bagged the cleanest 'Ganga town' award.
Taking to Twitter, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri congratulated Indore and its “people, political leadership and municipal corporation,” among others.
Heartiest congratulations to the people, Municipal Corporation, Swachhagrahis & Safaimitras of Vijayawada as the city becomes India’s 3rd Cleanest City at #SwacchataAwards 2021.
Exemplary performance! @rashtrapatibhvn #SwachhAmritMahotsav pic.twitter.com/mlO53t4zej
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) November 20, 2021
About the awards
Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India. It was launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The first survey was undertaken in 2016 and covered 73 cities; by 2020 the survey had grown to cover 4,242 cities and was said to be the largest cleanliness survey in the world.