Indore - India

Reviewed SFD

CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

Indore, one of the fastest-growing cities of India, is the largest city of Madhya Pradesh, in terms of its population, with 841 people per sq. km. One of the 100 Indian cities selected under the Smart City Mission (urban renewal and retrofitting program by the Government of India to make cities sustainable and friendly for its citizens). Indore is also the financial capital and education hub of Central India. It is located at the centre of Indore District, situated on fertile Malwa Plateau at 22.7196° N, 75.8577°E. The city has 69 wards (old IMC limit) and is administered by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) for the provision of civic facilities. Indore has been declared as the cleanest city of India four times in a row under Swacch Survekshan (countrywide annual ranking mechanism for cities with respect to sanitation) 2017-2020.

According to census 2011, the population of the city was 1,964,086 and the total number of households was 462,075, spread across an area of 134 sq. km. Until 2020, the population grew to an estimated 2,686,250 (IMC, 2020). The estimated floating population of the city is around 300,000-500,000. However, taking into consideration the COVID Pandemic situation while the study was being conducted, the floating population has not been considered.

The majority of the population in Indore (96%) uses offsite sanitation systems and there is no open defecation. In total, 80% of the excreta in Indore is safely manged, leaving 20% unsafely managed. This SFD Light Report was prepared by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) in 2020. 

  • Prepared by: CSE
  • Date of production: 06/11/2020
  • Last update: 09/11/2020