Swachh Hygiene Index: Know How Clean Your City IsUpdated: April 20, 2017 15:49 IST
Two and a half years since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission, India's sanitation coverage has risen to 60.53 per cent from 44.72 per cent in 2014. From building toilets to educating people about cleanliness, waste management and hygiene, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan covers a wide spectrum. To monitor the progress made, Hygiene Index a tool to evaluate performances of cities in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors and rates each city and area covered on a scale of 5has been developed by the Reckitt Benckiser, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and EY.
The hygiene index ranked the cities based on data collected by the primary source - civic bodies of respective and cities and the secondary data is configured from reports and investments in hygiene sectors linked to various CSR activities.
In the first phase of Hygiene Index 10 cities - Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Nagpur, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Pune, Raipur, Udaipur and Varanasi were evaluated based on their efforts towards solid waste management, sewerage treatment, providing access to toilets, making drinking water accessible, health and behavioural change communication.