Meghalaya was at the bottom 14th rank among states with less than 100 urban local bodies in the Swachh Survekshan 2022, a national survey on cleanliness.
The State scored only 1,150 points in the category.
Tripura topped the ranking with a score of 2,750 points among the 14 states in this category.
Among all the North East states, Manipur, Sikkim, Assam secured the seventh, eighth and ninth positions respectively.
Mizoram was at the 11th spot while Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh were in the 12th and 13th spots respectively.
Among cities with population from 1 lakh to 10 lakh, Shillong has risen by several spots in the latest ranking of the Swachh Survekshan survey but is still only 348th in the country.
Meanwhile, Shillong Cantonment has fallen to rock bottom among the 62 cantonments in the country. Last year it was in 60th place.
The 2022 survey saw Shillong rise from 371st place the year before. In 2020, the city was 351st.
The Meghalaya capital is in the category of cities with a population of 1 to 10 lakh. In this category it is behind the other North East cities of Silchar (the highest-ranked in the region at 283rd in the country), Dibrugarh (321st), Aizawl (326th), Gangtok (332nd) and Guwahati (342nd). Shillong is ahead of just three North East cities – Agartala (355th), Kohima (378th) and Itanagar (382nd).
Shillong scored less than 25 per cent in terms of segregated door to door waste collection. It also fared poorly in terms of daily sweeping in residential areas and citizen grievance redressal.
It fared badly in terms of segregated door to door waste collection, cleanliness of residential areas, cleanliness of public toilets and citizen grievance redressal.
For the sixth consecutive year, Madhya Pradesh’s Indore has been ranked as the cleanest city in India in the cleanliness survey.
Surat and Navi Mumbai followed it on the next two spots in the Central government’s annual cleanliness survey.
In the category of best performing states, Madhya Pradesh has secured the first position, followed by Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
President Droupadi Murmu yesterday gave away the awards to the winners at an event in New Delhi which was also attended by Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and others.
Swachh Survekshan is the world’s largest urban sanitation and cleanliness survey which has been conducted by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs since 2016.
The survey has been instrumental in fostering a spirit of healthy competition among towns and cities to improve their service delivery to citizens and towards creating cleaner cities.
It also aims to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities better places to reside in.