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Wow! My Navi Mumbai is the third cleanest city in India!
It is really a euphoric moment and moment of elation for every Navi Mumbaikar, who have found their city's name at the third position on the list of top 10 cleanest cities in the country. Navi Mumbai has been ranked among the cleanest cities in the country standing next to only Mysore (Karnataka) and Tiruchilapalli (Tamil Nadu).
After collecting basic information about cities having more than one lakh population, the Union Urban Development Ministry shortlisted 476 of them on the basis of their cleanliness. In the next stage it selected top 100 cities assigning those ranks. Finally, it prepared a list of top 10 cities where Navi Mumbai was ranked at No. 3 position.

The list was prepared on the basis of facilities available for water supply, sewerage system, garbage disposal, cleanliness at public buildings and protection of environment.

I remember few months back when there were evaluations going on around one year tenure of Narendra Modi government at the Centre, people used to post garbage pictures on their social networking pages with a tag line…Modi's Swachch Bharat. They were finding fault in everything Mr. Modi was doing and criticising him as if Indian PM should only come and clean the garbage. Thank god! We, the Navi Mumbaikar's, are not like that.

I shifted to Navi Mumbai few years back from Delhi with a lot of apprehensions. Actually it was the cleanliness, the cosmopolitan crowd and the lush green cover of the city that not only immediately removed all my doubts but also made me to fall in love with it…maybe a love at first sight kind. Later I found this city a "Tailor made" to everyone. It's like a piece of stretchable cloth where anyone can fit into. It has an amazing nature of catering everyone's need in terms of requirements, essentials, basic needs or luxury.

At the first sight I bet, any one will figure out the "cleanliness freak" in Navi Mumbaikars. It's not that it doesn't get dirty but it never likes to remain dirty.

Far from being a distant township once, Navi Mumbai at present is surely a happening city, which is fast transforming into an economic hub with booming industries like real estate, BPO, IT and others. In last few years it has substantially grown its number in population as well. Simultaneously the parallel problems of crime, corruption, cleanliness and the constraint like water supply, sewage system and garbage disposal is also growing.

But Navi Mumbaikars really know how to deal with such isues. They don't like to brood over problems rather look for solutions. It is quite evident if you surf the local news papers or big news papers, which have a special edition for Navi Mumbai, that they give space to citizens as well so that they can express their thoughts. On the citizen's page, everyday one will find concerns regarding cleanliness, crime, corruption etc. However, they are not cynical but constructive. I have been following them from the day I came here. Much before the launch of PM Modi's pet project - Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.

The local problems should be addressed to the local authority…Right. Many forget that. But Navi Mumbaikars direct their concern to NMMC.

I must applaud NMMC, which is under NCP rule since last 20 years, for its efforts to deal with every day problems of the citizens and their locality. If public have expressed their concerns regarding any issue, NMMC has made it sure that it addressed. It's not like public grievance or concern falling on deaf ears.

NMMC not only has always tried to find out solutions for water supply, drainage or waste management, but also it has encouraged people to be alert, vigilant and communicative.

So I can say it's a combine effort of Public as well as NMMC of Navi Mumbai to make the city "safe and clean", which has added dual gain for them- cleanliness and prestigious status (third cleanest city in the country).

Those who think its politics or politicians who need to be blamed for anything going bad should wake up now. Because it is also the responsibility of people of a particular area to keep their city clean and crime and corruption free. At least Navi Mumbaikars believe in that.

Kudos to Navi Mumbaikars and NMMC …once again! The constructive complaints, criticism by public were dealt effectively by the NMMC.

Along with a citizen's dream city, now Navi Mumbai has also become a proud city. And I'm a proud Navi Mumbaikar!

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