Cleanest Cities Ratings: Srinagar Slips 7 Points, Ranked At 42nd 

Srinagar city – KO File Pic: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred honour to the cities for being clean and garbage-free in ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ at an event (Swachh Amrit Mahotsav) organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) in New Delhi on Saturday.

Once known as Venice of the East, Srinagar has again failed to perform better on the sanitation front and has slipped seven points down from last year in ‘Swachh Survekshan Survey.

In the 10 top-ranked cleanest cities having a population of more than one million, Indore was declared cleanest city of India followed by Surat, Vijaywada, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Ambikapur, Tirupati, Pune, Noida and Ujjain.

Srinagar, which had achieved the 36th position in 2020, has slipped to 42nd position this year.

As per reports Srinagar city bagged 12th position in Safaimitra Suraksha Challenge 2021 and in Swachh Survekshan Srinagar bagged 42nd position.

Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) that was launched in 2014, the central government carries the cleanliness survey to promote sanitation in urban centres. According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the result was decided on the basis of 28 days long nationwide cleanliness survey covering 4,320 cities and feedback was taken from 4.2 core people.

The cities are usually rated using a star system and this year, 342 cities, an increase from 56 in 2018, would be given certificates under some star rating. This includes nine five-star cities, 166 three-star cities, 167 one-star cities.

As many as 342 cities were conferred with some star rating in this year’s annual cleanliness survey, with a total of 4,320 cities taking part in it.

The Union ministry of housing and urban affairs (MOHUA) that conducted the ‘Swachh Survekshan 2021’ awards with the Quality Council of India (QCI) under the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) said in a statement earlier that the sixth edition of the event has become the “world’s largest urban cleanliness survey.”

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