Swachh Survekshan 2020: Result and the parameters followed.

Swachh Survekshan 2020: Result and the parameters followed.

On 20th August the most awaited 5th edition of Swachh survekshan’s result has been announced by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). The Swachh Survekshan(SS) is India annual cleanliness evaluation program. It was launched in 2016 with the objective of generating large scale participation in Cleanliness and sanitation drive and inculcate a spirit of healthy competition among cities towards becoming the cleanest city of India. It is considered as the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey, which covered 4,242 cities of India. The nationwide survey is done within the time bound of 28 days, during the whole survey millions of ULB documents and geo-tagged photos captured, and 1.9 crore citizen’s feedback were collected and  the most importantly whole survey is fully digitalized and paperless. 

Parameters  followed for the ranking:

The ranking of the cleanest cities were given on the basis of the  certain parameters in which citizens’ feedback and Quality Council of India plays a major role. The  key focus area of the SS 2020 were on the following:

  • Collection and proper disposal of garbage waste
  • Proper utilisation of wet waste processing facilities
  • Treatment and re-use of waste water
  • 3R principles: Reduce,Reuse and Recycle
  • Curtailment of waste based air pollution
  • Upliftment of the social condition of informal waste pickers
  • Technology driven monitoring
  • Promoting procurement through GeM

After the whole observation the final ranking were announced on the basis of the following:

  • Certification for garbage Open Defecation Free (ODF)
  • Direct Observation
  • Citizen feedback

The overall survey carries 6000 marks which were divided into Certification for garbage open defecation Free (ODF) (1500 marks), Direct Observation (1500 marks), Citizen feedback (1500 marks) Service level progress (1300 marks) and the score of SS 2020 league (200 marks). The cleanest city Indore gets 5647 marks out of 6000 marks.

Ranking methodology

  • Cleanest City  
  • Self Sustainable City
  • Maximum Citizen Feedback
  • Best Citizen Feedback
  • Fastest Mover
  • Best Innovation Award
  • Best Citizen led innovation


A total 129 awards were given  to the top-performing cities and states. Surprisingly, Madhya Pradesh’s Indore  became the cleanest city of India for the fourth consecutive year. While Bihar’s capital Patna is named as the dirtiest city in the survey. In the population of the city less than 1lakh Maharashtra’s Karad topped the list, while Bihar’s Gaya came last. The best performing states were divided into two categories, in first category of states with more than 100 ULBs Chhattisgarh bagged the first position while in the category of less than 100 ULBs Jharkhand topped. And for the first time the ranking for the cleanest Ganga town were given  in which Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi bagged 1st position. 

Here is the list of the winners of some other categories:

  • Maximum citizen participation in keeping city areas clean: Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh)
  • The cleanest megacity with more than 40 lac population: Ahmedabad (Gujarat)
  • Best self-sustainable cities with a population above 40 lakh: Bengaluru (Karnataka)
  • Fastest-moving city in terms of cleanliness: Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  • Self-sustainable city in terms of cleanliness (more than 10 lakh population): Rajkot (Gujarat)
  • Self-sustainable city in terms of cleanliness (less than 10 lakh population): Mysuru (Karnataka)
  • Cleanest small cities: Ambikapur (Chattisgarh), 
  • The cleanest city with a population between 1 lakh to 3 lakh: Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) 
  • Cleanest capital city:New Delhi (Union Territory of New Delhi) 
  • Fastest moving cleanest capital city: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Fastest moving self-sustainable cleanest capital city: Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Cleanest city in the North Zone: Gangaghat (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Cleanest city in the North Zone (pop. 25k – 50k): Nawashahar (Punjab)
  • Cleanest city in the North Zone (pop. below 25k): Awagarh (Uttar Pradesh)
  • Cleanest city northeast Zone: Jorhat (Assam)
  • Cleanest city in the northeast Zone (25 to 50k): Mokukchung (Nagaland)
  • Cleanest city in the northeast Zone (pop. below 25k): Jiribam (Manipur)
  • Cleanest Cities in the east zone: Dhamtari (Odisha), 
  • Cleanest Cities in the south zone: Palamaneru (Andhra Pradesh)
  • Cleanest Cities in the western zone: Ratnagiri(Maharashtra).
  • Cleanest cantonment : Jalandhar Cantt.(Punjab)


  • Cities awarded for citizen-led awareness towards cleanliness: Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh)
  • Best performing state with more than 100 cities: Maharashtra
  • Best performing state with less than 100 cities: Madhya Pradesh

The way ahead

The sixth edition  of SS 2021 was also launched last month and we have to show our commitment toward 4Z : Zero waste, Zero burning, Zero landfill , Zero pollution. It can be done by following the same basic principle of 3R: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

5 thoughts on “Swachh Survekshan 2020: Result and the parameters followed.

  1. Very informative
    Thanks for updating us about this

  2. Informative..keep up the good work.

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