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Delhi one of the dirtiest cities, ranks low on Swachh list
The Capital is one of the dirtiest Indian cities with rampant open defecation and poor waste management facilities by the government surve indicating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission might not have had a big impact in Delhi. Mysuru in Karnataka topped the charts, followed by Tiruchirappalli, Navi Mumbai, Kochi, Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru. Effective 1 April 2012, the TSC was renamed to Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA).On 2 October 2014 the campaign was relaunched as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The nationwide survey by the urban development ministry found areas under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi where 97% of the city’s 16.7 million population lives fared miserably on these two key sanitation parameters with a rank of 397.The survey covered 476 cities and municipalities in 31 states and union territories, each with a population of over 100,000 people.
The survey is part of SBM in urban areas and would be done every year. Cities which consistently fare well on sanitation parameters will be given an incentive of 10% from the Centre’s share of Rs 14,623 crore.Gurgaon, which houses nearly 250 Fortune-500 companies, was among the bottom 11 with a rank of 466 while Faridabad was at 421. In comparison, Ghaziabad was way ahead at 138.Southern states fared the best in the survey with 39 cities in the top 100. The east contributed 27 cities to the top 100, followed by 15 from west, 12 from north and 7 from north-eastern states.Among the bottom 100 cities, 74 were from northern states with Damoh in Madhya Pradesh pronounced the dirtiest Indian city to live in.