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Celebrating the biggest festival of urban sanitation

Stage set for 8th edition of SwachhSurvekshan Awards

The stage is set for the most eagerly awaited results for the 8th edition of the world’s largest urban cleanliness survey, unveiling the cleanest cities of urban India. President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu will bestow honors upon the winners of SwachhSurvekshan, in a national event organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs at Bharat Mandapam on 11th Jan. 2024. The event will see over 110 awards being presented under various categories. The National category alone will have more than 20 awards. Additionally, States will also be recognized and awarded for their performances in various categories.

SwachhSurvekshan(SS) has sparked a sense of healthy competition among cities, motivating them to enhance urban sanitation and provide better services to their residents. Starting with a modest evaluation of 73 major cities in 2016 and extending its outreach to 4,477 cities in the current edition, the magnitude of SwachhSurvekshan has increased exponentially. This year, the Clean City Awards prioritize addressing legacy dumpsites, managing plastic waste, implementing the principles of reducing, reusing, recycling, and ensuring the safety of SafaiMitras. SS 2023 focused on transforming waste into valuable resources and was evaluated by a team of over 3,000 assessors.

The survey’s emphasis on citizen engagement and feedback has been instrumental in its success. Overall the survey covered a population of around 409 million. A staggering 12 crore citizen responses were received during the assessment this year, marking an unprecedented level of engagement through various channels.

Celebrating the biggest festival of urban sanitation
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An exciting array of the latest technologies & equipment in waste management will be displayed at Bharat Mandapam on 11th January 2024. Mechanical sweeping machines, sewage cleaning robots, waste collection and transport vehicles will garner the attention of the visitors at the venue of the SwachhSurvekshan Awards. Not just this, one can also buy products created out of waste in the exhibition! Colourful stalls will be put up by Self Help Groups, who will be selling their creations made out of waste. The ceremony will be a paperless and zero-waste event.

The award ceremony will be graced by over 3,000 participants, including Urban Development Ministers, Mayors from various parts of the country, State and city administrators, sector partners, subject experts, youth organizations, industry representatives, startups in the sanitation and waste management sector, academic institutions, NGOs,  CSOs, SafaiMitras, Self Help Groups etc.

The focus of the SwachhSurvekshan Awards is not solely on rewarding the winning clean cities, but also on acknowledging the cities that have made significant progress and implemented various initiatives to achieve garbage-free environments. After a year of hard work, healthy competition, enthusiasm and passion for swachhata, cities are waiting with bated breath for 11th January 2024 when the winners of the 8th edition of SwachhSurvekshan will be announced.

Disclaimer: This is an official press release by Pib.

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