In the year 2009-2010, Rourkela was the only city in Odisha which bagged the award of 14th cleanest city of India where capital BBSR and other cities left behind. And then again in 2016-17 Swachh Survekshan BBSR grabbed the top cleanest city tag and Rourkela left behind.
But now this competition is getting to a different level as this time both the smart cities of Odisha, capital Bhubaneswar & Mini India Rourkela has got the prestigious place to be amongst India’s 100 cleanest cities list.
The award is given for the city’s solid waste management and sanitation strategy, public outreach and other measures. But the actual ranking will be known in the first week of May, as officials here in Rourkela and BBSR have received a communiqué from the Union government to attend a function at National Media Centre on May 4, 2017, in New Delhi.
The competition under Swachh Sarvekshan for 2017 is tough this year as 500 cities and towns with a population of 1 lakh and above are vying for the top honours. This is in contrast to 73 cities with a population of 10 lakh and above that were surveyed in the 2016 exercise. But kudos to both RMC & BMC who did a commendable job to get into list.
While Mysuru- The Heritage City has been adjudged India’s cleanest city under the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan for the third year in a row and the only cit to with a million plus population to be declared as open defecation free, many other cities in Odisha like Cuttack, Brahmapur, Bhadrak, Sambalpur, Puri, Baripada, Baleshwar failed to get into top 100 cleanest city list.