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Swachh Survekshan 2021: Indore Becomes Country’s First Water Plus City, Here’s What It Means

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan lauded the city of Indore for setting an example for the whole nation in its “determination and dedication towards cleanliness” by achieving the Water Plus tag ahead of the Swachh Survekshan 2021 results

Swachh Survekshan 2021: Indore Becomes Country’s First Water Plus City, Here’s What It Means
Highlights
  • Indore has been an example for the whole nation: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan
  • Water Plus certificate is awarded for maintaining clean rivers and drains
  • This brings us one step close to a seven-star rating: IMC

New Delhi: Indore, India’s cleanest city is now the first “water plus” city of India under the Swachh Survekshan 2021, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced via Twitter. According to CM Singh, Indore, the state’s commercial capital, has set an example for other cities in the country.

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Heartiest congratulations to the citizens of Indore as it becomes the first SBM (Swachh Bharat Mission) Water+ certified city under #SwachhSurvekshan2021. Indore has been an example for the whole nation for its determination and dedication towards cleanliness. May it continue to bring glory to the state, Mr Chouhan said in a tweet.

As part of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Swachh Survekshan, an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India was introduced. Indore has emerged as the cleanest city in the country for four years in a row.

According to protocol and the toolkit provided by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, a Water Plus city certificate is provided to a city for maintaining cleanliness in rivers and drains under its administration. A city can be declared as Water Plus only after all wastewater released from households, commercial establishments, and is treated to a satisfactory level before releasing the treated wastewater to the environment. The guidelines read,

As Swachh Bharat Mission has progressed significantly, it is imperative that progress attained in achieving our objectives be sustained financially and in an environmentally feasible manner. Cities are now working towards sustainability of sanitation status, by ensuring that no untreated wastewater is discharged into the open environment.

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Informing about the work done to achieve this tag, Asad Warsi, a Swachh Bharat Mission Consultant with the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), tells NDTV,

After ODF, ODF+ and ODF++, comes the Water Plus tag. According to the guidelines of Water Plus Protocol of Swachh Survekshan, 1,746 public and 5,624 domestic sewer outfalls in 25 small and big nullahs were tapped by the IMC which also freed the city’s Kanh and Saraswati rivers from sewer lines.

He further informed that seven sewerage treatment plants were constructed in the city and about 110 million litres per day (MLD) treated water from them is being used.

According to the guidelines of Water Plus Protocol, 147 special types of urinals were constructed in the city. Besides, the work of cleaning ponds, wells and all water bodies has also been done. Lastly, the protocol also requires 30 per cent of the city’s sewer water to be recycled and reused, we are happy to inform that we are reusing 35 per cent of this water at construction sites and by citizens for gardening purposes, he added.

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Mr Warsi also told NDTV, that presently Indore is among the six cities in the country to hold a Five-star rating in Garbage Free Cities Rating, which was one of the four important components of Swachh Survekshan.

Following Navi Mumbai from Maharashtra, Ambikapur from Chhattishgarh, Rajkot from Gujarat, Surat from Gujarat and Mysore from Karnataka, Indore is the only city from Madhya Pradesh to make it in the top six cities in the country in Garbage Fee Cities Rating. However, there are no cities in the seven star category yet. According to Mr Warsi, being a Water plus city is an important factor in getting the seven-star rating, and since Indore has earned this tag, it brings them one step closer to achieving it.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

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State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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