Indore Bags Cleanest City In India Title For 4th Time; Patna Dirtiest City

by Sanjana Shenoy
Indore Bags Cleanest City In India Title For 4th Time; Patna Dirtiest City

Indore in Madhya Pradesh has bagged the cleanest city in India title for the 4th time in a row under the Swachh Bharat Mission. The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on August 20 also declared that PM Modi’s Lok Sabha seat, Varanasi was declared the ‘Best Ganga Town’ in India. Kanpur, Munger, Prayagraj, and Haridwar followed suit. The Centre’s latest annual cleanliness survey also declared Bihar’s capital, Patna has the dirtiest in the country, with a population of 1 million. The cleanest city in India, Indore is followed by cities like Surat and Navi Mumbai. These grabbed the 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Indore also built many roads with plastic waste over the years. 

Indore Bags The Cleanest City In India For The 4th Time

Under the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission, Indore bagged the title of the cleanest city in India for the 4th consecutive time. And Bihar’s Patna is declared as the dirtiest city. Surprisingly, the national capital, Delhi failed to find any suitable ranking in this cleanliness survey. South Delhi ranked 31st, North Delhi 43rd and East Delhi ranked 46th. New Delhi, however, ranked first among cleanest capitals in India. Temuco situated in Central Chile has worse air quality than Delhi. 

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Three cities in Maharashtra- Karad, Saswad, and Lonavala grabbed the top three positions among cities with a population of less than 1 lakh. Among states with more than 100 cities, Chhatisgrah is the cleanest state. Jharkhand emerged on the top among the states with less than 100 cities. These two states are often counted as the most backward in India. But they overtook their counterparts. Among states with more than 100 cities, Karnataka took last place. And states with less than 100 cities, Arunachal Pradesh ranked at the bottom.

Patna Is The Dirtiest City In India

Among the dirtiest cities in India, Patna grabbed the top slot with more than 1 million population. This was followed by East Delhi and Chennai. Among cities with less than 10 lakh population, Bihar’s Gaya ranks at the bottom, followed by Bihar’s Buxar city and Punjab’s Abohar.

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Measures Taken By Indore To Maintain Its Cleanest City Status

Indore has been consistent with its cleanliness ranking due to the persistent effort of the Indore administration. Citizens are also fined for not following proper cleanliness guidelines. Indore’s Municipal Corporation communicates with its citizens to inculcate the habit of cleanliness with help from NGOs. The district administration also tracks garbage collected in the city with GPS trackers on all garbage collecting vehicles.


Indore also removed large public dustbins and rather collects garbage house to house. The roads of Indore get cleaned at night instead of morning. So when people venture out into the streets in the morning they can witness a clean and tidy city. Children also take part in cleanliness drives to create awareness. They act as ambassadors of cleanliness in Indore. Interestingly, Indore ranked at 149th position in 2015 for cleanliness. But in just 2 years, the city worked hard to maintain cleanliness and emerged as the cleanest city in India.

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Notably, 4000 cities are included in the cleanliness survey. It also includes sparsely populated cities termed as local bodies. So, a maximum number of municipal corporations can fix their accountability. The cleanliness survey ranked a total of 6 cities namely, Indore, Ambikapur, Navi Mumbai, Surat, Rajkot, and Mysuru are ranked as 5-star cities. It ranked 86 cities as 3-star. And 64 cities as 1-star. Meanwhile, check out this video from Madhya Pradesh’s Kanha forest.