Pune, 11th January 2024: Maharashtra clinched the prestigious first place in the Swachh Survekshan Awards 2023, a recognition bestowed upon the state for its exemplary efforts in cleanliness and sanitation. President Droupadi Murmu presented the awards during a ceremony in New Delhi, where Saswad emerged as the top-ranking city in the country among those with a population of less than one lakh. Notably, Lonavla secured the third position in this national accolade.
Deputy Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar extended his heartfelt congratulations to the award-winning Municipal Councils and Municipal Corporations for their outstanding contribution to the state’s success in the Swachh Survekshan Awards.
The awards ceremony took place at the Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi, with Dr. KH Govindaraj, Principal Secretary of the Urban Development Department, accepting the Maharashtra State Award in the presence of Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Pune District Collector Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh received the award on behalf of the state.
At the national level, Maharashtra bagged three awards, with Saswad and Lonavla municipal councils contributing significantly to this achievement. Deputy Chief Minister Pawar has been actively promoting the swift completion of sanitation-related projects in the local self-government bodies of the district. Under the guidance of Collector Dr. Deshmukh, the municipal councils in Pune district have prioritized the implementation of cleanliness and innovative projects.
Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, both cities under the guidance of Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Singh, have earned five-star ratings for their exceptional cleanliness efforts. Pune Municipal Corporation secured the 10th rank in cleanliness, while Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation claimed the 13th position, both with five-star ratings and Waterplus rating.
Impressively, among the top 10 cities with a population of less than one lakh, eight hail from Maharashtra, showcasing the state’s commitment to cleanliness and sanitation, with Saswad and Lonavla leading the way.
Guardian Minister Pawar extended his congratulations to the representatives, officials, employees, NGOs, and citizens for the district’s remarkable success. He emphasized the significance of citizen participation in this success and expressed optimism for the continued performance in future Swachh Survekshan competitions. The state’s exceptional performance reflects a collective commitment to cleanliness and sets a high standard for others to follow.