Odisha adjudged fastest moving state in Swachh Survekshan Awards

Bhubaneswar: Odisha added another feather in its cap as it was adjudged ‘Fastest Moving State’ in the Swachh Survekshan Awards-2020, which were announced by Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri in New Delhi today.

This apart, Berhampur Municipal Corporation bagged the ‘Best Medium City in Innovation and Best Practices’ award in 3-10 lakh population category.

Odisha has been placed at the 10th position in the Swachh Survekshan rankings for this year. The state was ranked 22 and 16 in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had conducted Swachh Survekshan 2016 survey for the rating of 73 cities in January 2016, followed by Swachh Survekshan 2017 conducted in January-February 2017 ranking 434 cities. Swachh Survekshan 2018, which became the world’s largest cleanliness survey, ranked 4203 cities followed by SS 2019 which not only covered 4237 cities but was also the first of its kind completely digital survey completed in a record time of 28 days. Swachh Survekshan 2020 continued the momentum and surveyed a total of 4242 cities, 62 Cantonment Boards and 97 Ganga Towns and saw unprecedented participation of 1.87 crore citizens.

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