If the gorgeous architecture and delectable food weren’t reason enough for you to plan a trip to Indore, here’s one more. Indore has been declared the cleanest city in India for the third time in a row. The Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoHUA) recently released the latest list after carrying out a cleanliness survey under ‘Swachh Sarvekshan’. At the second and third positions were Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh and Mysore in Karnataka. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Liquor Baron Doles Out Money For 180-seater Plane Just to Fly 4 People to Delhi

We often pay attention to personal hygiene and cleanliness at home, but don’t pay heed when it comes to public cleanliness. The culture of keeping your city clean has to become an integral part in the lives of citizens. And seems like Indore has really come to accept the notion. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh Imposes Rs 2,000 Fine on Migrant Workers And Others Violating Home Quarantine Amid COVID-19

The survey was carried out by MoHUA from January 4 to 31, 2019 in a completely digitised and paperless manner. They captured 41 lakh geotagged photographs, uploaded 4.5 lakh documents, got feedback from 64 lakh citizens and had a social media outreach of INR 4 crore for the survey. Also Read - After Rajasthan, Locusts Enter Maharashtra, Delhi - Why is This a Worrying Situation?

Other cities to have bagged awards are Uttarakhand’s Gauchar for ‘Best Ganga Town’ in the central government survey; Ahmedabad for the ‘Cleanest Big City’; Raipur for the ‘Fastest Moving Big City’; Ujjain for the ‘Cleanest Medium City’ and Mathura-Vrindavan for the ‘Fastest Moving Medium Cities’.

All these top-ranked cities received a statue of Mahatma Gandhi as a memento for their work towards cleanliness. That’s because Mahatma Gandhi had played a pivotal role in spear-heading the movement of cleanliness in the country. In fact, people should take inspiration from the recently concluded Kumbh Mela and the level of cleanliness in it. To ensure that the momentum and efforts are sustained, the idea of continuing this initiative is being actively considered by having periodic rankings based on data provided by the cities and the feedback of the citizens.