Hyderabad: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh made a mark in Swachh Survekshan 2018 awards announced by the Centre on Wednesday. While Andhra Pradesh-Vijayawada and Tirupati cities excelled, Telangana State bagged four awards in different categories.

The results were declared by Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in New Delhi. Hyderabad was chosen as the Best State Capital/UT in "Solid Waste Management". In Zonal categories, Siddipet (with population under one lakh) was selected as cleanest city in South zone, while few peripheral areas in the city namely Bodupppal (Best City in Citizens Feedback-South Zone) and Peerzadiguda (Best City in Innovation and Best Practices-South Zone). 

In Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada was selected as India's "Cleanest Big City" among cities with population of over 10 lakh. Likewise, Tirupati got the honours of being ranked as India's best city in "Solid Waste Management" among cities with population between one lakh to three lakh. It may be mentioned here that cities having population of one lakh and more and capital cities were ranked at national level and cities with population of less than one lakh were ranked at zonal level – north, south, east, west and north east. 

Based on the performance in Swachh Survekshan, 2018, it had been decided to confer awards on 29 cities/ cantonment boards at national level, 20 cities at zonal level and three States having the best performance in the urban areas. While deciding the awards, it had been kept in mind that one city gets only one award i.e the category in which it has performed the best. In case a city has already been awarded in some category, next best is awarded in the other category.

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