CHENNAI: Three major cities – Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai (cities that have a population of more than 10 lakh are considered to be major cities) and 23 small cities (cities with a population of 1 – 10 lakh are considered as small cities) of Tamil Nadu has been featured on the national ranking for urban local bodies that have good levels of sanitation and cleanliness.
Chennai has bagged the national rank of 43. People’s understanding of the cleanliness management in the city seemed to be increased as per the ranking, because the city made a sharp climb in ranking when compared to the previous years.
Coimbatore was ranked 46 followed by Madurai, which scored 47 and non-metro cities like, Vijayawada, Pune, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Gwalior are among the top 20.
Like Chennai, Avadi, Tambaram and Pallavaram suburbs too showed improvements, as Avadi has now been ranked 267 against 367 last year, Tambaram scored 200 compared to 314 and Pallavaram from 283 to 233, this year. Other urban local bodies that performed well were Trichy, Salem, Dindigul, Tuticorin and others.
Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.