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Belagavi at 198th position in the Swachh Survekshan 2023

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Belagavi has achieved the 198th position in the Swachh Survekshan 2023, compared to its 171st rank last year. The Belagavi City Corporation (Belagavi (M CORP. + OG)) has unfortunately not shown any improvement in its ranking this year. Currently, it holds the 198th position out of the 446 cities in the population category of over 1 lakh, while securing the 7th rank within the state.

In the Swachh Bharat Survekshan of 2023, which was evaluated on a scale of 9500 marks, Belagavi (M.Corp+OG) managed to score 4830 marks. However, in comparison to last year, the city has slipped 27 places from its previous rank of 171 in 2022.

On a positive note, Belagavi Cantonment has made significant progress in the Swachh Survekshan-2023 rankings. Among 62 cities, it has climbed to the 36th position, a notable improvement from its 44th rank in 2022. Moreover, it proudly holds the top spot within the state.

Overall, while Belagavi has maintained its position in the Swachh Survekshan rankings, there is room for improvement to enhance the city’s cleanliness and sanitation standards.

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The President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu conferred Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023 at Bharat Mandapam, New Delhi hosted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). 13 awardees received felicitations under categories of Clean Cities, Cleanest Cantonment, SafaiMitra Suraksha, Ganga Towns and Best Performing State were given away.

This year the cleanest city award showcased joint winners. Port city Surat bagged the top honours, alongside Indore, who had conquered the top spot alone for 6 consecutive years. In the category of cities with a population of less than 1 lakh, Sasvad, Patan and Lonavala secured the top three spots. Mhow Cantonment Board in Madhya Pradesh was adjudged the Cleanest Cantonment Board. Varanasi and Prayagraj won the top two awards amongst the Cleanest Ganga Towns. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh won the top three awards for Best Performing State.  Chandigarh walked away with the award for the Best Safaimitra Surakshit Sheher. 110 awards were bestowed during the ceremony.

President of India launched the Swachh Survekshan 2023 dashboard. Speaking at the event, the President said, “When everyone contributes to and participates in Swachh Survekshan, it’s an important step forward. Praising the States and ULBs for their performance in Swachh Survekshan, she said, “The theme for the year 2023 “Waste to Wealth” is an important topic to ponder upon. I would like to say that wealth should be created out of waste as that will help the overall cleanliness. Cleanliness has to be made divine process. The G20 Leaders’ Delhi Declaration has committed to “enhance environmentally sound waste management and substantially reduce waste generation by 2030 and highlight the importance of zero waste initiatives.” The Hon’ble President appreciated that all States, ULBs, citizens are moving ahead on the path of prosperity through cleanliness and are creating self-reliance through the Mission. Highlighting SafaiMitra Suraksha, the President said,” I am immensely happy to know that effective steps are being taken to ensure SafaiMitra safety, dignity and well-being. “ Emphasizing the importance of circular economy, she added, “It is highly commendable that in the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission, circular waste management is being followed and the circular economy process of recycling and reusing more and more items is proving helpful for sustainable development.” Hon’ble President urged all to be swachhata doots and spread awareness. I am happy to know that all of you have set the theme of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle for Cleanliness Survey 2024.”

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