Navi Mumbai emerged as the third cleanest city in the country in the “Swachhta Survey 2022” under the “Swachh Bharat Mission”. As always, Navi Mumbai secured the first position in Maharashtra. The city improved its position from the previous year’s fourth to third in 2022.
Former municipal commissioner Abhijit Bangar received the award at a ceremony held at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi from President Draupadi Murmu. On this occasion, Union Urban Development and Housing Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of State Kaushal Kishore among others were present.
Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has also received the 'Five Star Rating' in 'Garbage Free Cities' and Navi Mumbai is the only city in Maharashtra state to get this rating. Similarly, in the ODF category, Navi Mumbai city has received the highest rating of 'Water Plus'.
The 7th edition of Swachh Survekshan was conducted to study the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) and rank the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) based on various cleanliness and sanitation parameters.
The Survekshan has evolved from being an assessment of 73 cities in 2016 to covering 4,360 cities this year. Of the total 4360 cities, NMMC secured the third rank of cleanest city. The first two positions were secured by Indore and Surat.
After receiving the award, former civic chief Abhijit Bangar dedicated it to cleanliness-loving Navi Mumbai citizens and sanitation workers.
While congratulating citizens, the municipal commissioner said, “The city of Navi Mumbai has always been at the forefront of cleanliness, and citizens' participation has played a major role in this.”
In the category of cities having population fewer than one lakh, Maharashtra's Panchgani was ranked number one, followed by Chhattisgarh's Patan (NP) and Maharashtra's Karhad.