Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is the cleanest district followed by Sindhudurg in Maharashtra, according to the first ever survey of rural areas among 75 shortlisted districts across the country.
The survey was conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) on behalf of the sanitation ministry covering nearly 70,000 households across 2,530 villages.It was released by drinking water and sanitation minister Narendra Singh Tomar. The report has ranked districts under two categories districts in north-east and hill states and districts in plains. However, in the overall score of all 75 districts, Mandi got 98.4 out of 100 marks while Sindhudurg got 96.8.
Interestingly, while nine out of top 10 districts in the hill states are from Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim, in plain areas, eight of the top ranking 10 are from Maharashtra and Bengal. Gurgaon ranked 40 among the 53 districts in the plains.
The three-month long survey and ranking was based on four indicators -percentage of households having access to safe toilets and using them, percentage of households having no litter around, cleanliness around public places and households having no stagnant water around.