Cleanliness is a fundamental part of one’s life, be it internal or external. Indore, was ranked no.1 by Union Urban Development Ministry in its Swachh Survekshan Survey on May 4 2017, and amazed the whole nation with its outstanding performance. The question here is, how a city which was ranked 149th in 2014 and was at 25th position in 2016 did it?
Indore had a long way to travel, this is how it happened!
Garbage collection and turning the city open-defecation free (ODF) were the biggest hurdles before the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC). Building new toilets and urinals to stop defecation was a part of the mission. They provided subsidies to households to build toilets. Indore has now reached 94.33% in 2016-17 from 72.46% in 2014-15 in toilet construction. Earlier the IMC had given the contract for collection and disposal of garbage to a private company. The contract was later on terminated because of unsatisfying results, said Santosh Tagore, IMC deputy commissioner.
Indore and its NGOs.
NGOs also played a huge role in addressing people about handling garbage to the municipality, instead of throwing it in open. They also identified particular areas which were in dire need of toilets to tackle the issue of open defecation. The corporation put in a lot of efforts to spread consciousness regarding cleanliness. They took various steps to gain the no.1 position, some of them are:
- Indore uses the plastic waste in construction of roads and repair.
- Garbage picking trucks were equipped with speakers to spread the word ‘cleanliness’.
- Roads were cleaned during night time.
- Properties which were earlier used as illegal cattle sheds were shut down.
Indore is Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s parliamentary constituency and she felt like a proud parent when the results were declared. Speaking about it, she said that it is not just about the municipality but also the citizens who participated wholeheartedly in the achievement. She added, the city is not only famous for its food but the enthusiasm and desire of the people for cleanliness. It showed a remarkable response towards PM Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and inspired others to keep their surroundings clean.
Bhopal stood second and Visakhapatnam gained third position. New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) drop down to seventh position losing the fifth spot to Mysore. Contrary to Indore, Gonda city of UP was declared the dirtiest city of India.