New Delhi: Indore has become India’s first ‘water plus’ city after staying topping the list of the country’s cleanest cities for four continuous years. The government of India announced the result that Indore topped the list in its recent Swachhta Vijay Yatra, on Wednesday.
“Indore has been declared as the first water plus city of the country in the results released by the Government of India today,” said Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday and congratulated Urban Development and Housing Minister Bhupendra Singh along with officers and employees of Indore Municipal Corporation as well as the citizens for this achievement.
“Heartiest congratulations to the citizens of Indore as it becomes the first SBM Water+ certified city under #SwachhSurvekshan2021. Indore has been an example for the whole nation for its determination and dedication towards cleanliness. May it continue bring glory to the state!,” Chouhan tweeted on Wednesday.
Indore City received the certification from the centre on Wednesday.
It is given for maintaining cleanliness in rivers and drains. “According to the criteria, dirty water should not go into any river or drain.
Also, 30 per cent of the city’s sewer water has to be recycled and reused. Public toilets must be connected to sewer lines and must be cleaned,” said Indore Municipal Corporation Commissioner Pratibha Pal.
People living on the banks of the drain connected the outfalls of their houses in the drainage line at their personal cost, Pal said. The municipal corporate commissioner said that about 7000 public and domestic sewer outfalls in the city were stopped, the city’s rivers were freed from the sewer lines.
“As far as 30 per cent recycled water from the sewer is concerned, it was re-used by people at construction sites and in their gardens,” added Pal on the usage of recycled sewer water.
(With inputs from ANI)