Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace

The city is best known for its Dasara celebrations, its palace that lights up like a bride each year during the nine-day Navratri festivities and its heroes, Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. But for the last two years now, Mysuru (Mysore) in Karnataka has hit the right notes when it comes to cleaning up its act. For two years in a row, Mysore has topped the list of the cleanest cities in the country. The city was named the cleanest in the country by a nationwide survey Swachh Survekshan 2016, which was carried out under the Swachh Bharat Mission. This is the second time Mysuru (Mysore) beat every other city in India. Also Read - Centre Mulls Extending Nationwide Lockdown as COVID-19 Cases Near 5000-mark With 124 Deaths | Top Developments

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The survey report was released in New Delhi by urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu who told reporters that it wasn’t done to demoralize any city but rather to create a ‘healthy competition among them’. India’s first planned city, Chandigarh finished second, Tiruchirapalli came third, New Delhi Municipal Council area was fourth and Visakhapatnam rounded off the top five. Also Read - New York Leads Coronavirus Death Toll With 731 Fatalties in 24 Hours

Musical fountains at Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

Musical fountains at Brindavan Gardens, Mysore

Swachh Survekshan 2016 survey was carried out by Quality Council of India under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission that was launched On October 2, 2014 by Narendra Modi. The survey on the sanitation levels was launched across 75 major cities including 53 that have a population of more than 10 lakh and the state capitals. Since Kolkata and Noida didn’t participate — they will participate in the next round — only 73 cities were ranked.

Mysore's iconic Chamarajendra Wodeyar roundabout

Mysore’s iconic Chamarajendra Wodeyar roundabout

New Delhi was ranked based on its three municipal corporations. South Delhi Municipal Corporation was ranked at 39, North Delhi Municipal Corporation came 43rd and East Delhi finished lowest among the three at 52. Mysuru, Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi Municipal Council area, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot, Gangtok, Pimprichindwad and Greater Mumbai were the top ten cleanest cities in India.

St Philomena's church is a Catholic church built in honour of St Philomena in the Diocese of Mysore

St Philomena’s Church

Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi ranked a lowly 65 among the 73 cities that were surveyed under his pet scheme, the Swach Bharat Mission.