New Delhi: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal flagged off 16 mechanical road sweepers and 40 water tankers on Friday, which is aimed at reducing pollution level in the national capital. The water tankers will be used to settle dust on roads to bring down the level of dust pollution in the city. Speaking at an event here, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister said road sweepers and water tankers have been procured at a cost of Rs 300 crore released by his ministry under Swachh Bharat Mission. He said the Swachhta Campaign has become people’s movement and under it, everybody, including Lt Governor Anil Baijal and the municipal corporations in Delhi, are working hard.
Governor Baijal said the ministry has become “liberal” in releasing funds to the municipal corporations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a call to give top most priority to swachhta campaign. He said it was not possible to keep the country clean until every person, including children, become an ambassador of sanitation and asked the municipal corporation in the Delhi to consider making children ‘Ambassadors of Swachhta’.
When the children will grow up they make sincere efforts to make their country clean as was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, Governor Baijal said. South Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel said the civic body would soon buy six small mechanical road sweepers with capacity of four cubic meters dust, four litre pickers and 17 tractors with water tankers from the funds already allocated by the ministry.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.