Sanitation is an important aspect of daily life – a principle vigorously championed by Mahatma Gandhi when he preached that ‘Cleanliness is Next to Godliness’.
However, even after seven decades of independence, sanitation is still an oft neglected area in India. What the Mahatma considered as a critical function of the government is most often grossly overlooked by politicians.
In 2009, the Ministry of Urban Development of the Indian Government carried out a first-of-its-kind study to rank 423 Indian cities in terms of sanitation and cleanliness. The first report published in May 2010 showcases the direction to be taken by major Indian cities. It aims to sensitize administration and citizens of Indian cities about their current state of sanitation. It is the ministry’s first step towards achieving its ambitious agenda of ‘100 percent sanitation’.
Based on the study, ThinktoSustain.com identifies how the Top 10 Cleanest Cities of India on a 100-point scale are poised to take up the sanitation challenge.