Though things are better than they were when it was pushed to 29th spot a year ago, the hope is that the authorities as well as citizens will not get carried away by the latest award for the city but focus unrelentingly on making it genuinely clean.
The Union government has selected Mangaluru as "India's best city in solid waste management" under the categories of cities having a population between three lakh and 10 lakh under Swachhata Survekshan 2018. The then municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal had taken much interest to improve city's rankings in the survey.
Even as Bhopal has to settle as the second best cleanest city only to Indore in Swachh Bharat rankings, there was jubilation all across the city as it was a no mean feat as this time it grabbed the position defeating more than 4000 cities. Chandigarh has been ranked as the third cleanest city in the Swachchh Survekshan 2018, moving up from Rank 11 in 2017.
Puri said that the names of the worst performing cities would be announced on the day the awards would be presented. Similarly, Ranchi has been adjudged the best capital and Kota in Rajasthan has been adjudged the best city in the citizen feedback category. It was expected that Chandigarh will get a good rank in this Swachh Survekshan as the city had done a lot to regain its spot in the top cleanest cities of India from the past couple of years.
Focussing on open defecation free status, civic body constructed public toilets and place modular toilets across the city. It is the top 3 cities that matter the most in every year's Swachh Survekshan survey. Compared to the previous surveys, this year's exercise allocated substantial weight to the feedback from citizens based on their daily experience. However, for the second consecutive year it has to satisfy itself with the second rank as the state's financial capital has once again been ranked the country's cleanest city in the cleanliness survey 2018.
India's cleanest cities according to zones, are Bhalso in Punjab for North zone, Bundu in Jharkhand for East zone, Kakching in Manipur for North East zone, Siddipet in Telangana for South Zone and: Panchgani in Maharashtra for West Zone.
Mayor Nanda Jichkar said the city failed on one ground - no segregation of garbage.