Indore has yet again become the city to have grabbed the prestigious Swachh Survekshan 2020 award for four times in a row. The city which is also known as the main financial centre of the state of Madhya Pradesh has been consistently topping the list for the last four years. The most recent list was announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs which has released the Swachh Sarvekshan survey results for 2020.
Closely trailing Indore, were the cities of Surat in Gujarat and Bangalore in the state of Karnataka which grabbed the second and the third spot on the list. This was the fifth edition of the Swachh Survekshan survey undertaken by the government. Ever since the Narendra Modi led BJP government came to power in 2014, extra emphasis has been laid on sanitation and rejuvenation of the cities. The government has also launched schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission, AMRUT and Smart City mission, among others to take the initiative forward.
In an attempt to keep a separate track of the towns and cities which are situated on the banks of the Ganga River, the Ministry also issued a separate list for top performing Ganga towns. Among the large Gangetic cities, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Varanasi topped the list followed by megacity Kanpur (U.P) and Munger (Bihar) on the second and third spot respectively. Prayagraj, where the mighty river Yamuna converges with the Ganga, also secured forth rank on the list followed by Haridwar on the fifth spot from where the Ganga descends on the plains to traverse its path through the Northern plains. The BJP government at the centre had launched the Ganga cleaning mission-Namami Gange- in the year 2015 soon after it came to power in 2014.