Hyderabad, May 04: Here is the proudest news for the Telangana state, which is the Hyderabad city has emerged as the cleanest of all metropolitan cities of the country, as per surveys carried out under Swachh Survekshan 2017.
Making the announcement at a press conference here on Thursday, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said Hyderabad nudged past other metro cities including Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and New Delhi to take the top slot.
"All the efforts of the State government under Swachh Telangana-Swachh Hyderabad have paid off now," Dr.Reddy said.
The ranking was based on a massive survey called Swachh Survekshan 2017 as part of the Centre's Swachh Bharat campaign, rating the cleanliness efforts put in by the municipalities across 500 Indian cities.
"Last year, Hyderabad was ranked 19th among 75 cities. This year, the study was for 500 Indian cities and we are ranked 22nd," he said, adding that in 2015, the city was ranked 275 among 476 cities.
The Swachh Survekshan survey was conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI), which judged the cities on the basis of data provided by urban local bodies.
According to the officials, data collected through direct observations of QCI members and independent assessment carry 500 marks, whereas available data by the urban local bodies fetch 900 marks and citizen feedback gets 600 marks, for a cumulative total of 2,000 marks.
"Out of 2,000 marks, we obtained 1605, while Mumbai got 1535 marks, Bengaluru 967 and Chennai 915," Reddy said.
Mayor B Rammohan said, "Our aim is to make Hyderabad a livable and lovable city. To achieve this goal, the GHMC is taking all major steps".