The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Government agencies, local administrations and the Trusts/ Boards of the Swachh Iconic Places (SIPs) came together for a two-day consultation here on Thursday, represented by over 100 delegates from across the country.
The consultation included a field visit to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus where systematic sanitation and restoration work is underway.
The Swachh Iconic Places initiative aims to achieve a distinctly higher level of sanitation at these places, especially in the peripheries and approach areas.
Following the clarion call by the Prime Minister to make Swachhata everybody’s business, the Centre and selected States have taken up joint efforts for making the country’s iconic places Swachh. The special Swachhata initiatives at these places have received CSR support from public and private companies.
During the consultation, a review was also done of the work already taken up at the 20 Phase-I and Phase-II SIPs. These SIPs demonstrated significant progress in the development of Sanitation facilities.
The Phase I SIPs include: Ajmer Sharif Dargah, CST Mumbai, Golden Temple, Kamakhya Temple, Manikarnika Ghat, Meenakshi Temple, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Shree Jagannath Temple, Taj Mahal and Tirupati Temple.
The iconic sites in Phase II are: Gangotri, Yamunotri, Mahakaleshwar Temple, Charminar, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assisi, Kalady, Gomateshwar, Baijnath Dham, Gaya Tirth and Somnath temple.
SIP is a collaborative project of the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation with the Ministries of Urban Development, Culture and Tourism at all levels in the concerned States with public sector and private companies as partners.
Presiding over the review, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer, while lauding the efforts made by these various teams, emphasized the importance of inter-sectoral collaborations in the improvement of sanitation.
Director General, Special Projects, Swachh Bharat Mission Akshay Rout, made a presentation on the progress of work at various iconic sites over last two years.
The extensive Swachhata related efforts at these iconic places were exhibited at the consultation. Additional Chief Secretary Maharashtra Sham Lal underlined the range of ODF sustainability measures taken up by the State.
Secretary, MDWS, also launched the Swachh Iconic Place (SIP) portal and logo created by the Ministry.
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