Indore is the cleanest city in Swachh Bharat Survey 2017. This achievement has brought joy across the city. The rankings came out of a survey meant to gauge the progress of government’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission. Conducted by Quality Council of India, the survey judged cities on the basis of data provided by municipal bodies, which carried marks for data collected through direct observations and independent assessment, and citizens’ feedback. SAMEER TIWARI talked to a cross section of Indoreans to know their reactions.

It makes me proud to see that the efforts of citizens and city authorities were appreciated nationally. This is a great achievement to motivate people towards setting up bigger goals for environment protection and cleanliness and working hard to achieve them. Cleaning of roads and footpaths during night hours was an intelligent move for avoiding hindrance and maintaining cleanliness.

Arpit Agrawal, 24, Consultant, Deloitte

The remarkable efforts by IMC have already left an impact on people and receiving this prestigious award not only makes us happy but will also motivate everyone. Personally I feel that use of separate garbage bins was a smart move. The motivation must not be short lived and we all should try to maintain the reputation earned by Indore.

Manju Joshi, 56, Teacher

I feel so proud and privileged to be called an Indorean. The steps taken by municipal and state bodies have proved successful. The turning point was not only the garbage vans but also the city people who helped and motivated each other.

Neevia Jain, 50, Homemaker

Being the cleanest city in our country is definitely a proud achievement. A huge initiative has been made by installing dustbins at all appropriate places. I always make sure to contribute at my level by keeping the city clean and also try to motivate my friends to do the same. I hope that our city maintains such cleanliness forever.

Ankita Mandwale, 23,  Architect

The efforts put in by our IMC department and contribution of indoreans has been appreciated across the country. The use of two different bins for dry and wet garbage at every nearest shop and food complex was a very logical initiative. Removal of big garbage bins in colonies has also aided for the cause.

Jairatan Vyas, 23,  Automobile Trainer

Indore has really transformed in recent six months, thanks to IMC team and city people for their cooperation. Regular work of garbage vehicle drivers and other IMC workers has made this dream come true. The award will motivate more citizens to strive for a better and cleaner city.

Anmol Sharma, 23, Businessman

The states big campaign brought awareness towards cleanliness among city people. Results are in front of us, but the race is not over yet. Why only in India? We all must pledge towards trying to make Indore known for its cleanliness across the globe.

Dimpi Silawat, 21,  Student

I am so happy about Indore being declared as the cleanest city of our country. This was possible only because of the combined efforts of the government and city residents. The cleanliness drive will definitely improve the health and hygiene of people. I hope people keep up the good work and contribute even more in maintaining the city’s cleanliness.

Shrini Parikh, 22, Doctor.

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