The cleanliness monitor results are out. According to SwachhSurvekshan figures released by the Central government, Mysuru is the cleanest of 73 cities surveyed, with Chandigarh, Tiruchirapalli, New Delhi and Vishakapatm making up the top five ‘leaders’in terms of sanitation and cleanliness. There are 15 cities in the ‘Leaders’ category with Gangtok and Imphal from the Northeast making to this elite list. The remaining 58 cities have been sorted into ‘Aspiring leaders’, ‘Acceleration required’ and ‘Slow movers’.Agartala is an ‘Aspiring leader’ city while Guwahati figures in the ‘Acceleration required’ category along with Shillong and Aizawl. Kohima and Itagar are lagging behind in the ‘Slow movers’ category, in which Dhanbadof Bihar ranks at the bottom as the filthiest city. The cleanliness campaign will move phasewise to 2019, the 150th birth year of Mahatma Gandhi. The next rounds of assessment will be more frequent, independent and on-ground, covering over 4,000 cities. Administrations of NE cities therefore need to get their acts together fast.
Guwahati needs a shove