Top 10 cleanest cities in India (2024) – Swachh Survekshan

In a developing nation keeping the cities clean is a great challenge. In a country like India which has a humongous population, this challenge becomes much more daunting. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, Swachh Survekshan is organized every year to assess the cleanliness of Indian cities. The following are the top 10 cleanest cities in India.


Top 10 cleanest cities in India ranked in Swachh Survekshan 2023 (cities with more than 1 lakh population)

1. Indore, Madhya Pradesh and Surat, Gujarat

3. Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra

4. GVMC Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

5. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

6. Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

7. New Delhi (NDMC), National Capital Territory

8. Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

9. Greater Hyderabad, Telangana

10. Pune, Maharashtra

11. Chandigarh

Maximum marks in Swachh Survekshan 2023 – 9,500

(Note: Number 2 spot was left vacant)

Mysore, one of the cleanest cities in India
Mysore (Ranked – 23)

Some of the key points on which the cities were judged are –

  • How well the waste is segregated and maintained till it reaches the processing site?
  • How well does the city treat and reuse wastewater?
  • Does the city follow the reduce, reuse and recycle principles?
  • How well the public areas are cleaned?
  • Whether there are technological advancements and new initiatives?
  • Certified GFC (Garbage Free City) Star Rating status and Certified ODF (Open Defecation Free) status.

Top 10 cleanest cities in India

1. Indore

Indore was ranked the cleanest city in India for the seventh straight year in the Swachh Survekshan 2023. The city scored 9,348.39 marks out of 9,500. If we do not rank the cities based on population (>1 lakh and <1 lakh) and consider all the cities in India, Indore will still get the top spot. This shows how well Indore is managed. It is even better managed than the “easy to manage” small cities.


1. Surat

Surat along with Indore was declared the joint winner. Last time, the city was ranked second. Interestingly, in the 2019 survey, Surat was ranked 14th.

3. Navi Mumbai

Navi Mumbai retained its ranking as the third cleanest city in India. Being a planned city, things are a bit easier to manage in Navi Mumbai.

4. GVMC Visakhapatnam

Vishakhapatnam managed by Greater Vishakhapattanam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is the number 4th entry on this list. The port city of Vishakhapatnam is the most populous city in Andhra Pradesh.

5. Bhopal

Bhopal is the 5th cleanest city in India. The capital of Madhya Pradesh is home to over 18 lakh population. The big cities of Madhya Pradesh are doing great as far as “Swachhta Abhiyan” is concerned.

6. Vijayawada

Located along the banks of the Krishna River, the city of Vijayawada is ranked the sixth cleanest city in India. For an incredibly densely populated city, this is a great feat.

7. New Delhi (NDMC)

The capital city of India is the seventh cleanest city in India. New Delhi is just a small portion of Delhi. A large part of New Delhi is just government buildings and embassies. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) gets a huge budget to manage the city.

8. Tirupati

Tirupati, a city in Andhra Pradesh is famous for its Venkateswara Temple. Thousands of pilgrims visit the city every month. Managing a pilgrimage city is always a tough job. The municipal corporation of Tirupati and the temple authorities seem to be good at it.

9. Greater Hyderabad

Hyderabad, the largest and the most important city of Telangana scored 8,601.3 marks in the Swachh Survekshan 2023.

10. Pune

Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra. It was ranked the 10th cleanest city in India in Swachh Survekshan 2023.

11. Chandigarh

Chandigarh scored 8,541.10 marks out of 9,500 in SS2023.

Cleanest large city in each state 2024 (Cleanest large city by state)

StateCleanest city
Andhra PradeshVisakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
Himachal PradeshShimla
Karnataka Mysuru (Mysore)
KeralaAlappuzha (Alleppey)
Madhya PradeshIndore
MaharashtraNavi Mumbai
PunjabMohali (Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar)
RajasthanJaipur (Heritage)
Tamil NaduTiruchirappalli
Uttar PradeshNoida
West BengalBaidyabati
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu
DelhiNew Delhi
Jammu and KashmirSrinagar

Some important points

  • Swachh Survekshan 2023 was the largest cleanliness survey in India ever. 4,416 Urban Local Bodies were judged in Swachh Survekshan 2023.
  • The maximum marks were 9,500 in Swachh Survekshan 2023.
  • Sasvad in Maharashtra was ranked the cleanest city with less than 1 lakh population.
  • Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh was ranked the cleanest Ganga town.
  • Mhow Cantt in Madhya Pradesh was ranked the cleanest Cantonment Board.
  • Maharashtra was the best performing state in Swachh Survekshan 2023 followed by Madhya Pradesh.

One of the main purposes of Swachh Survekshan is to create a competitive environment for cleanliness in the country. In some years we hope to see cities fighting for the top spots vigorously. Already some changes are visible. Small municipal corporations which have a scarcity of resources are taking up the challenge. A lot of tier-2 and tier-3 cities are in top 25 which is a good thing.

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