Mysuru has topped the Swachh Bharat rankings among 476 cities in the country with three more places from Karnataka figuring in the top 10.
Among urban local bodies in the national capital, Delhi Cantonment was ranked 15th in the list and New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) 16th, while Municipal Corporation of Delhi was at 398th position.
These rankings are based on the extent of open defecation and solid waste management practices.
Mysuru leads the cities with minimal open defecation and extensive adoption of solid waste management practices. Bengaluru leads the list of capitals at 7th rank while Patna came at the bottom at 429th. The top 10 ranked cities are Mysuru, Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), Navi Mumbai, Kochi (Kerala), Hassan, Mandya and Bengaluru from Karnataka, Thiruvananthapuram, Halisahar (West Bengal), and Gangtok (Sikkim). All the 476 Class-1 cities in 31 States and Union Territories, each with a population of above one lakh were surveyed for assessing total sanitation practices covering a set of parameters including the extent of open defecation, solid waste management, septage management, waste water treatment, drinking water quality, surface water quality of water bodies and mortality due to water born diseases.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed happiness over Mysuru topping the Swachh Bharat rankings with three more places from Karnataka figuring in the top 10. Expressing his happiness Siddaramaiah said “this news makes me proud first as Kannadiga, then as Chief Minister of the state, also as a fellow Mysurian”. This will add much glitters to this years Dasara celebrations in Mysuru, he said. Siddaramaiah also commended the efforts of civic bodies, “Pourakarmikas” (municipal sweepers) and also cooperation from citizens for achieving the rankings. He said with this credit also comes the responsibility of maintaining it, which will require cooperation from every one.