Banega Swachh India in its third year aims to get the entire nation to come together once again this on October 2, as we observe this Gandhi Jayanti as the Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas with a 12-Hour Cleanathon. A day where we urge all Indians to take up swachhta as their personal responsibility and join our movement. The agenda of the campaign this year is to motivate the masses to clean up India with special focus on 10 iconic locations of India.
A big thank you to the thousands of volunteers who came out today for the clean-up drives across the country as part of the 12-Hour Cleanathon. Let's pledge to adopt #Mere10Guz in our every day lives and keep our surroundings clean.
Ganpati Bappa Morya! As the 12-hour Cleanathon nears its end Ganesh Acharya performs the Ganesh Aarti.
We are targetting to make Jharkhand open defecation free by 2018: Raghubar Das, Chief Minister, Jharkhand
#Mere10Guz or cleaning 10 yards of our surroundings, should be part of our everyday lives, says Nitish Kapoor of RB. Today saw 350 cleanups happen in Maharashtra alone.
Nitish Kapoor, Regional Director, RB, South Asia commits to building a few swachhlayas or model toilets before the end of this year.
The sheer number of schools that participated in the clean-up drives across India, was the most impressive part of the Cleanathon.
Harshdeep Kaur sings the Ik Onkar or the divine melody of the One Supreme Being on the Banega Swachh India Cleanathon.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness and God is everywhere, so we should work towards keeping it clean everywhere and not just inside the complex of religious places: Harshdeep Kaur, Singer
The clean-up in Versova beach is one of the biggest initiative undertaken by the residents for the last one year. The drive has made a lot of difference not only to the beach but it has also caught international attention with United Nations Environment Programme supporting it.
There is a visible impact of today's clean-up drive. But the question is can it be sustained?
We should have rules that penalise people for not keeping their surroundings clean. Some countries like Singapore have strict laws, we need to do the same: Navin Jindal, Chairman, Jindal Steel and Power
A little earlier in the day Varanasi saw one of the biggest clean-up drives of the day, where 84 ghats were cleaned up.
The daily ritual of evening arati on the banks of Ganga in Varanasi gets underway.
Here's a glimpse of the clean-up drive in Ajmer on Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas.
It is not just about building toilet and maintaining the toilets but also about what goes under the toilet. Where does the sewage go? Is it going into our rivers? Only 30% of the sewage in Delhi is treated. So we need expertise, technology to build a world class system: Naina Lal Kidwai, Chairperson, India Sanitation Coalition
The tenth iconic location that is on our Swachh agenda is the Dargah Sharif at Ajmer.
From North to South, East to West, the recurring theme of the Cleanathon through the day was the participation of school students. Here's a glimpse of Welham Boy's joining the Banega Swachh India #Mere10Guz movement.
Schools have been a big part of the Clenanthon and actively taking part in the clean-up drives across India. Here are some of the schools from Gurugram Shri Ram School,
Paras World School, Lotus Valley International School, who braved the heat to join the clean-up drives.
Paras World School, Lotus Valley International School, who braved the heat to join the clean-up drives.
We need to focus on recycling, be it water or waste: Pankaja Munde, Minister of Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare
Go in for total involvement, include everybody from children, resident welfare societies, panchayats, administration, NGO, everyone has a role to play in the cleaning up process and make them stakeholders: Kiran Bedi, Lieutenant Governor, Puducherry
You have to provide adequate dustbins and toilets to people for them to use, to ensure that they don't litter or defecate: Gul Panag, Actor & Politician
Swachh agenda for Meenakshi temple covers issues from building more toilets to waste segregation.
When might of the state and government is put behind a cause like this, it is bound to succeed: Gul Panag, Actor & Politician
The next iconic destination on the campaign's agenda is cleaning up the Kamakhya Devi Temple.
Plastic is the worst enemy, mountains of garbage at Versova beach is proof of that.
Deepa Malik, Silver Medalist, Paralympic Games 2016 lends her support to Banega Swachh India Cleanathon.
Impact of Cleanathon: A family travelling from north Karnataka decided to rest for a bit in the 'just' cleaned up space at the Hebbal flyover in Bengaluru!
IG and DIG of Agra sign the petition to keep the city clean as part of the Cleanathon.
Plastics is the biggest culprit and cause a lot of the issues with garbage disposal: Jeetendra, Actor
More than 50 railway stations have been cleaned since morning, about 60,000 volunteers have participated. It is part of our one year long campaign: Bindiya Chabbra, Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation
Varanasi is one of the major locations of the clean-up drive of the Banega Swachh India Cleanathon and it saw massive pariticipation.
These are the ten iconic locations that the campaign is focussing on cleaning up and devising a Swachh Agenda to instill international standards of sanitation and hygiene.
Highlight of the day so far - this young student epitomised the spirit shown by the young Indians through this Cleanathon.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh too discourages people from using plastic bags which sheds light on the need for eco-friendly alternatives. In Himachal Pradesh, for instance, the emphasis is on using jute bags instead.
Actor Dia Mirza is working to make Mumbai's Linking Road plastic free. "It's a huge challenge. But we're tackling it in the following three ways: advocacy; civic and people's management; and by educating people about the harmful effects of plastic." The problem of plastic waste is acute, and it is important for people to understand that it is a deterrent to the health of the people.
Ravish Kumar engages Classical Dancer Sonal Mansingh in an animated conversation on cleanliness. We shouldn't be afraid or lazy in working towards a cleaner home, cleaner nation, she says.
Singer Jasbir Jassi hums a few religious hymns at the Golden Temple in Amritsar after which he says that everyone must make cleanliness a habit.
While the Golden Temple itself is spick and span, one often finds garbage strewn around the premises of the holy shrine, discuss Puja Talwar and singer Jasbir Jassi.
India joins in, in large numbers to clean-up and celebrate Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas.
Posing with their work of art, post the 3-day clean-up of the Hebbal flyover in Bengaluru.
This is how the children and volunteers of Bengaluru have cleaned up the Hebbal flyover.
Not so Ugly! This is what Bengaluru's anonymous group Ugly Indians have achieved at a flyover in the city.
Gargi Rawat reporting from Manikarnika Ghat, the gateway to heaven which is currently in shambles.
Here's the Swachh agenda for Varanasi, one of the iconic places out of the ten shortlised for a swachh makeover by the government.
Cleanathon at the Manikarnika Ghat, the holiest of all the ghats in Varanasi, which is in shambles.
A young Sherwoodian impresses everyone with his inspiring poem on Swachhta.
Back to school for Amitabh Bachchan, as Cleanathon does a special from Sherwood in Nainital.
Clean-up drive in full swing in areas around the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
Little Gandhis of Agra: Be the change you want to see in the world was Gandhiji's message. These children are keeping that thought alive in their actions during the Rashtriya Swachchta Diwas celebrations.
We need to focus on the Swachh cause for our children and we have a responsibility towards Mother Earth and it is important to start young: Divya Khosla Kumar
Clean-up drive at Taj Mahal, Agra: Polythenes, plastic bags, packets of chips, etc. have now been banned in the premises of the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is a ticketed monument, and all efforts are being made to ensure its cleanliness.
Maintenance is a huge issue. We can build toilets but we need help from corporates and others to help maintain these toilets at a certain standard: Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development
Prasoon Joshi who wrote the Banega Swachh India anthem joins the discussion at the Cleanathon. Download the anthem here.
Out of 5,000 toilets we were committed to, we have built 4,600 toilets already. And we are investing Rs. 6 crores out the Rs. 30 crores we had pledged, in spreading awareness about using toilets and maintaining these toilets: Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group
Children out on the streets of Dehradun to support the cause of cleaning up their surroundings.
Whether it is promoting Tourism, tackling environmental issues, or dealing with health issues, at the root of everything is Swachhta. It has now become a mass movement: Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister, Ministry of Human Resource Development
Khadi can be a good alternative to plastic and it will also generate employment: Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
Puducherry will be totally open defecation free by October 2, 2017: V Narayanasamy, Chief Minister of Puducherry
Chhattisgarh to be Open Defecation Free by October 2, 2018: Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh
Yoga Guru, Baba Ramdev lends his support in the clean-up efforts in Haridwar.
300 locations in Maharashtra alone are being cleaned up today as part of the Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas.
Master Chef Vikas Khanna and Film Director and Producer, Divya Khosla Kumar at the Juhu beach clean-up during Banega Swachh India Cleanathon.
CST is one of 47 railway stations being cleaned up today. There are also activities like street plays that have been organised to spread awareness.
Bio-toilets are being implemented in our trains on a large scale but we also need to tackle open defecation on tracks: Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways
We have started many campaigns to clean up the railways. One such campaign is 'Clean My Coach', where you SMS and someone will come and clean your coach. Someone in half an hour sent SMS four times and the coach was cleaned each time! But why dirty the coach in the first place: Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways
Commuters have to ensure not to unclean, Railways will maintain cleanliness but the onus is also on people to ensure not to dirty the trains: Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways on Cleanathon
Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Railways lends his support to 12-hour Cleanathon as 47 railway stations across India are being cleaned up today.
Innovative ideas to promote cleanliness, here's one in one of the railway stations that uses iconic Hindi film dialogues to drive the message home.
Every day should be Rashtirya Swachhta Diwas. Now the call is for action. This year the campaign is moving towards action on ground, to clean-up of your surroundings: Nitish Kapoor, Regional Director of RB
In rural areas, women have suffered a lot due to lack of toilets and being forced to defecate in the open: Pandit Jasraj on 12-hour Cleanathon.
Swachhta is not anybody else's problem, it is our problem: Pandit Jasraj on Banega Swachh India Cleanathon.
Gargi Rawat joins in from one of the ten iconic locations that is the focus of the campaign this year, Varanasi. Read more about her account on Varanasi: One Of India's Holiest Cities, Death And Dirt Envelope It.
Ravish Kumar joins in from one of the key locations of clean-up drives today, Jama Masjid in Delhi, "If we can defeat polio, if London's Thames River can be cleaned up from being in a terrible state, we can make India clean."
Gandhi Jayanti is being celebrated as Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas. Pandit Jasraj performs the Gandhi bhajan to mark the opening of the 12-hour Cleanathon.
Pandit Jasraj performs 'Vaishnav Jan To' to kick start the 12-hour Cleanathon.
Let's make Gandhiji's dream come true and make India clean: Amitabh Bachchan
Meanwhile in Bhubaneswar almost 35,000 volunteers of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences have been hard at work.
Amitabh Bachchan preps for the opening of 12-hour NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India Cleanathon, which is now into its third year.
20 minutes to go. Take a small a step and clean-up 10 yards of your surroundings.
Share your clean-up pics/videos here.
Share your clean-up pics/videos here.
With just 30 minutes to go, last minute tech checks are in full swing for the 12-hour Cleanathon.
The clean-up drive in Amritsar will be around the Golden Temple, which sees close to 1.2 lakh visitors each day.
Volunteers of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences get ready for the cleanathon in Bhubaneswar.
Take a small step towards Swachh India. Clean-up 10 yards of your surroundings and upload pictures/videos of your effort here.
As part of the 12-hour Cleanathon on October 2, clean-up drives will be organised on all 84 ghats of Varanasi.
In Cleanathon 2, tribal children of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences had pledged 20 lakh hours to clean-up India.
Approximately 30,000 students and 5,000 staff members from the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar participating in Banega Swachh India campaign.
The three day clean-up drive of Hebbal flyover will culminate on October 2 which is being observed as Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas.
The 'Ugly Indians', an anonymous group of volunteers in Bengaluru, has been involved in a three-day clean-up of the Hebbal flyover area.
The Hebbal flyover in Bengaluru is the location for the clean-up drive during the 12-hour Cleanathon on Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas on October 2.
In Agra, students of St. Clare's School joined the NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign and cleaned up approximately 1.5 km area from their school grounds to the Grand Hotel.
Pandit Jasraj will be performing Vaishnava Jana To on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti which is being observed as Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas with over 200 clean-ups across India during the 12-hour NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India.