- The union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs declared Indore as the cleanest among 4,203 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the country in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 carried out earlier this year.
- This is the second time in a row that Indore — the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, venue for the state government’s investment summits.
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- The campaign claims to have achieved 100% segregation of wet and dry garbage at source. Hundreds of vehicles collect the waste, which is sent to the transportation hub, and from there to the trenching ground. Waste is collected once a day from residential areas and twice from commercial areas. Safai workers clean the streets at night.
- Credits goes as much to these employees as to the participation of people in the campaign.
- Meetings of citizens, and has administered the oath of cleanliness to more than four lakh people over the past year.
- The municipal body began to slap spot fines from Rs 250 to Rs 500 on those spitting on roads, urinating in the open, or littering. “Other efforts to deter habitual offenders haven’t worked in the past.
- IMC distributed 1,000 free dustbins to vehicle owners to encourage them to not throw waste out of windows.
- There have been other steps too, from employing 1,000 ragpickers to segregate dry waste to installing recycling units in gardens, outside hotels, and marriage halls to make compost from organic waste.
- Compost pits were built at fruit and vegetable and markets, and a biomethanation plant has been set up at Choitharam Mandi.
- The IMC removed garbage bins that used to be always overflowing, attracting stray animals and birds besides being an obvious eyesore.
- Swachhata Samitis were set up in schools and colleges, and participants in religious and other processions were encouraged to keep the streets clean.
- Public toilets were built in large numbers.