India, very recently, conducted its fifth Swachh Survekshan survey. Indore bagged the title of the cleanest city once again, for the fourth time in a row. This survey also released the names of the dirtiest cities in India. Around 1.87 crore citizens participated in the Swachh Survekshan survey of 2020. This information is sourced from a tweet shared by Puri, ‘Every year we have seen the survey grow. From 73 cities in 2016 to 4,242 cities, 62 Cantt boards & 92 Ganga towns, Swachh Survekshan 2020 comprehensively covers our urban space with 1.87 cr citizens participating this year”.
Dirtiest Cities in India
Swachh Survekshan is the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey and the figures speak on behalf of it. It is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India. This was launched as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The first survey was conducted in 2016 which covered 73 cities. This year, 4242 cities were covered. This survey is conducted by the Quality Council of India.
The council revealed the top 10 cleanest cities in India. They are:
- Navi Mumbai
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The survey also revealed the top 10 dirtiest cities in India. We have featured them here. If you are a citizen of any of these cities, take initiative towards making your city cleaner. The dirtiest cities in India are as below.
This city is ranked among the word’s top 10 polluted cities. The citizens of the city breath polluted air, which is clearly visible to the eye. The streets are narrow with compact houses. Even the highways are always jam-packed with traffic. It feels like a small city with people forcefully compressed in it.
Amritsar has been ranked 9th by Swachh Survekshan 2020 in the list of dirtiest cities in India. This is because of the lack of political willpower to bring a change in the city. The city does not have a solid waste management plant. The Bhagatanwala dump is the biggest dump in the city. The dump has been filled beyond its capacity and the municipal corporation of Amritsar. The government and citizens should take note of this and make an initiative for the betterment of the city.
Coimbatore is the second largest city of Tamil Nadu, after Chennai. It is situated at the banks of the Noyyal River and is surrounded by the Western Ghats. Coimbatore is the largest exporter of auto components, grinders, poultry, jewellery and wet grinders. Even though the city is not highly polluted, the citizens litter everywhere. This makes it the 8th dirtiest cities of the country.
Meerut, an ancient city, is located in Uttar Pradesh. The city is the biggest producer of sports goods and musical instruments. It is known as the Sports city of India. Meerut dates back to the time of the Indus Valley Civilizations, which makes it an interesting tourist spot. But the citizens here have made the city lose its beauty.
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Madurai, a city of temples, is considered to be a very holy place. It is located on the banks of River Vaigai and is famous for the Tirumalai Nayak Palace and the Meenakshi Amman Temple. It is very difficult to find a spot with fewer people. Each part of the city is overly crowded, and due to the climate of the city, the place has a very unpleasant smell.
5. North Delhi
Delhi is said to be one of the worst cities to live in. There is poor infrastructure, a bad waste removal mechanism, etc. The city is overcrowded and gives you a claustrophobic feeling. A lot of Delhiites also loot the travellers and tourists here. Delhi is very famous for its streets that are painted with stains of Pan. There is open sewage in almost all areas of the city. It is very common to find such a sight.
Kota is located on the southeast part of Rajasthan. It is the third most populous cities in Rajasthan and is situated on the bank of river Chambal. The city has many medical and engineering coaching centres and is known as the coaching hub of the country. There are many reasons for Kota being ranked 4th in the list of unclean cities in India. One of them is the unawareness and unwillingness of people to make their city better.
Chennai is filled with narrow streets which are flooded with people. The city is highly polluted. If you travel to Chennai by train, you will land in a station packed with people. The air in the city is filled with an unpleasant smell. It is very difficult to find a place that is isolated. And if you are in Chennai, you cannot miss going to the Marina beach. But this beach is very polluted. You can hardly find a clean spot on the beach to relax with friends or family.
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2. East Delhi
East Delhi is one of the worst cities in India. There is dirt everywhere. Walking in East Delhi feels like walking in Garbage. It is the second dirtiest city in the country. There are many slum areas in East Delhi. You will find narrow streets will garbage lying around everywhere. There is open sewage everywhere in the city.
Patna is the capital city of the largest city of Bihar. It is one of the oldest cities in the world. It has been ranked the first dirtiest city in India by Swachh Survekshan rankings. Located on the banks of River Ganga, it is considered to be a very holy place. Patna is very famous for its streets covered in stains of Pan and Gutka. There are narrow lanes covered with garbage and open sewage in the city. The citizens of Patna litter everywhere. This is a wake-up call for the government and citizens of Patna. It is high time you realize the importance of keeping your city clean. Take initiative and make sure your city is not in the list of dirtiest cities of India next year.
This was the complete list of the top 10 dirtiest cities in India given by Swachh Survekshan. If your city is a part of this list, you have to take initiative. It is your city, and your responsibility to convert the dirtiest cities in India to the cleanest cities. It will take time and effort, but it will be worth it.
If you are preparing for a Government exam, this article will prove very useful for you. So make good use of it and prepare well. The information is sourced from the official Swachh Survekshan report.