Indore has been ranked the cleanest city in India in 2017. A survey of 434 cities conducted as a part of Modi Government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India Mission, has seen the city in MP knock off Karnataka’s Mysore, which has been topping the rankings.
From being 149th in the charts of cleanliness in all 434 cities in 2014, Indore climbed up to the 25th rank in 2016 all thanks to the Indore Municipal Corporation and the steps it took to clean the city. And now as we see, it is on top of the cleanest cities in the entire country. This process was aided by the municipal corporation which took steps like effective garbage collection and turns open-defecation free.
The corporation is part of the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s parliamentary constituency. The Swach Survekhan Survey ranked 434 different cities in India, each depending on the level pf cleanliness it acquired. This survey aims to monitor the progress of the Swachh Bharat Mission, which was landed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 to make India a clean and open-defecation free country by the year of 2019.
“There have been a lot of efforts that have been made to clear the city from garbage and special vans were also deployed to ensure that the city was clean. Secondly, the corporation took a lot of effort to ensure that there was an awareness created regarding cleanliness and the mission,” a corporation councillor, Changiram Yadav said.
Ever since the launch of the Swach Bharat Mission, Indore Municipal corporation had sworn to make sure that their city makes it’s best efforts to make it clean. The waste collection was made more effective and in a larger amount, along with the segregation of waste. They also made an initiative to install tracking devices on the garbage trucks. According to the survey, Indore uses the plastic generated in the city for road construction and repair.
“To make Indore ODF, we put together teams which went out as early as four in the morning to create awareness about the benefits of using a toilet. The corporation also gave subsidy to households to construct toilets,” Yadav said.
The Corporation’s next mission is to attain pipes which give access to clean drinking water for every household. Indore was selected under the Smart Cities Mission in the first round. Few of the plans under the mission are solid waste management, recycling of waste water and rainwater harvesting.