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Swachh Survekshan: Smart City Bhubaneswar wins top US award Bhubaneswar Ranks 94th

Swachh Survekshan: Smart City Bhubaneswar wins top US award Bhubaneswar Ranks 94th

 Bhubaneswar, May 4: (By Prasant Kumar Bhuyan) –Smart City Bhubaneswar has added another feather to its cap after it won National Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards-2017 awarded by the American Planning Association (APA).The Odisha capital has been selected to receive Among 400 odd cities, Indore and Bhopal were judged the cleanest cities in India as per the Swachh ratings released today. Rourkela was placed at the 168th place followed by Berhampur at 187, Puri at 194, Cuttack at 204, Baripada at 261, and Sambalpur at 322 and Bhadrak at 349th position. The second edition of the survey reviewed more than 500 cities and towns with populations of more than 100,000. 421 assessors of Quality Council of India have physically inspected 17,500 locations in 434 cities and towns. Bhubaneswar ranked 94th  in the list of clean cities in the Swachh Survekshan-2017, the results of which were announced and awarded by Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu at New Delhi on Thursday. While Indore topped the list as the cleanest city of India, the second spot was occupied by Bhopal and Visakhapatnam was placed at 3rd position. Quality Council of India, which conducted the survey during January-February this year, deployed 421 assessors for on the site inspection of cleanliness in 434 cities and towns and another 55 for real time monitoring of progress of survey and field inspections. Field inspectors used geo-tagged devices for collecting evidence in real time of their inspection at 17,500 locations. processing and disposal of Municipal Solid Waste. Of the total score of 2,000, 900 marks were assigned for performance in respect of ODF and solid waste management, 600 marks for Citizen Feedback and 500 marks for Independent Observation. Nine cities and towns of Odisha were included under the Swachh Sarvekshan that evaluated 434 cities in the country in the second edition of the survey. As per official records, cities from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh did well while cities in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh fared poorly in the ratings.12 cities from Gujarat figure among top 50 clean cities, only Indian city to have won this award this year. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his happiness after Bhubaneswar got the award. Followed by Madhya Pradesh with 11 and Andhra Pradesh with eight. The survey was conducted during January-February this year and 421 assessors were engaged for on the site inspection of cleanliness in 434 cities and towns. 55 teams were also picked for real time monitoring of progress of survey and field inspections.

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