Swachh Bharat, Atulya Bharat
At a time when the city has been selected to be developed as a Smart City, the result of this year’s Swachh Survekshan shows that Guwahati’s cleanliness ranking has dropped drastically as compared to the past two years.
The nationwide cleanliness survey, Swachh Survekshan is conducted by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry in various cities and towns across India. In the year 2016, Guwahati secured the 50th position in the cleanliness category but it dropped to 134th position in 2017 and 207th position in 2018.
Guwahati’s cleanliness rank falls drastically this year
Dibrugarh secured the 360th position in 2018. It was at the 297th position in 2017. Nagaon which was at the 161th position in 2017, secured the 387th position in 2018. On the other hand, Silchar’s cleanliness ranking dropped from its 280th position in 2017 and in 2018, it secured the 433th position.
Shillong in Meghalaya was at the 53th position in 2016 in the Swachh Survekshan survey results. In 2017, the cleanliness ranking of Shillong dropped to 276 and in 2018, it was placed at 413th position. Shillong too has been slotted to be developed as a Smart City.
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The Cleanliness ranking of Arunachal Pradesh also dropped from the 122th position in 2017 to 257th position in 2018. On the other hand, the cleanliness ranking of Imphal (Manipur) dropped from the 15th position in 2017 to the 257th position in 2018. Tripura’s cleanliness ranking too has dropped from the 33th position in 2016 to the 446th position in 2018.
Kakching in Manipur bagged the award for ‘Cleanest City in North East Zone’ I the recently announced Swachh Survekshan, 2018 results. Mayang Imphal, Manipur bagged the ‘Best city in Citizens’ Feedback in North East Zone’ award this year.
On the other hand, Biate in Mizoram bagged the ‘Best city in innovation and best practices in North East Zone’ award and Rangpo in Sikkim bagged the ‘Best city in Solid waste Management in North east Zone’ award.
However, as per this year’s survey, Assam is the cleanest state as compared to Meghalaya. It may be noted that Meghalaya is home to Asia’s cleanest village, located in the East Khasi Hills district, Mawlynnong. The village is a popular tourist destination as well as a popular eco-friendly tourist site.