Lucknow: As many as 18 cities of Uttar Pradesh have been awarded for maintaining cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in ‘Swachh Survekshan’ for the year 2021.

Swachh Survekshan is an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India.

In all, 18 UP cities, including Varanasi, Meerut, Noida and Ghaziabad, won awards in different categories. Awards were given away to respective mayors and other officials of respective cities by Union housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Union minister of state Kaushal Kishore.

Under the Yogi Adityanath government, 2.61 crore toilets (Izzatghar)have been built across the state under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan while as many as 69,265 community toilets and 652 pink toilets for women and girls were constructed, said the UP government

Our administration converted the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan into a mass movement and implemented a door-to-door garbage collection system in 11913 wards out of 12007 wards of municipal bodies to keep the streets and roads of the cities clean, UP government said.

“As a result of this, Lucknow bagged awards in ‘best state capital in citizen feedback’ and ‘garbage-free cities’ (for cities with over 10 lakh population) categories in Swachh Survekshan 2021,” it added.

According to the government, all the 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh are now open defecation free owing to the construction of more than 2.61 crore toilets across the state.

In addition to that, Meerut got the ‘fastest moving big city’ award in the 10 to 40 lakh population categories, while Ghaziabad got the ‘best big city innovation and best practices’ award. Noida got the ‘India’s cleanest medium city’ award in the 3 to 10 lakh population categories.

 Hapur got the ‘best city in maximum citizen participation’ award in over one lakh population category while Patiyali town in Kasganj got the ‘best city in maximum citizen participation’ award under less than one lakh population category.

Meerut Cantonment got ‘India’s cleanest cantonment award in one lakh population category while Varanasi Cantonment got the ‘best cantonment in citizen feedback’ award in over one lakh population category.

Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Noida, Jhansi also got the ‘garbage-free city’ award in different population categories.

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