New Delhi: The 3rd Annual Review meeting on Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) was held yesterday at Baidyanath Dham Deoghar, Jharkhand. SIP is the brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti, under the Swachh Bharat Mission. 30 Swachh Iconic Places have been selected across the country in three phases, and are implementing their action plans for improving the sanitation facilities and overall cleanliness, focusing on enhancing visitor’s experience and convenience.
The National Review Meeting was inaugurated by the Minister, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of Jharkhand, Mithilesh Thakur, and attended by Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, DDWS, Government of India, and senior officials from the state and central government, nodal persons from iconic sites/states, partnering PSUs, and other local bodies.
Speaking on the occasion, Mithilesh Thakur said SIP projects have played a critical role in improving the cleanliness standards at the selected 30 iconic sites, and especially at Baidyanath Dham Temple, Deoghar. He spoke about some key activities undertaken to improve swachhata in the temple premises like using the waste generated from the offerings at the temple to generate compost, and rejuvenation of water bodies like Shiv Ganga Sarovar. The Minister also launched and dedicated five ‘Water ATMs’ for Baidyanath Dham Temple, supported by the PSU partner Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, DDWS, elaborated on the importance of SIP, and gave the example of how SIP activities at Deoghar have been recognized and awarded twice in the past for their work. He also gave examples of the work being done at other sites across the country.
Samir Kumar, Joint Secretary, DDWS, made a presentation highlighting the key role of partner Ministries, district administrations and CSR partners in implementation of the SIP. He also stressed the importance of convergence for funds, proposals, cross learning, and experience sharing. Earlier, Secretary, DDWS, Govt of Jharkhand, Aradhana Patnaik, welcomed participants from all the iconic sites and appreciated their efforts in improving conditions at these sites.
Nodal officers from 25 of the 30 iconic sites and their PSU partners presented their progress and key activities being carried out at these sites including Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM), beautification and landscaping of premises and approach areas, construction of sanitation and safe drinking water facilities, rooftop solar panels, battery operated sweeping machines, rejuvenation of water bodies, ban on plastic use, Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), multi-level parking, illuminated boards, awareness campaigns, and IEC interventions, among others.
Phase I Swachh Iconic Places:
1. Ajmer Sharif Dargah; 2. CST Mumbai; 3. Golden Temple, Amritsar; 4. Kamakhya Temple, Assam; 5. Maikarnika Ghat, Varanasi; 6. Meenakshi Temple, Madurai; 7. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra, J&K; 8. Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri; 9. The Taj Mahal, Agra; 10. Tirupati Temple, Tirumala
Phase II Swachh Iconic Places:
1. Gangotri; 2. Yamunotri; 3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain; 4. Char Minar, Hyderabad; 5. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa; 6. Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam; 7. Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola; 8. Baijnath Dham, Devghar; 9. Gaya Tirth in Bihar; 10. Somnath Temple in Gujarat.
Phase III Swachh Iconic Places:
1. Sree Dharma Sastha Temple; 2. Mana Village, Uttarakhand; 3. Vidur Kuti Temple, Uttar Pradesh; 4. Shri Sarveshwar Mahadev Temple; 5. Shri Nag Vasuki Temple; 6. Kanvashram, Uttar Pradesh; 7. Ema Keithel, Manipur; 8. Hazarduari Palace, West Bengal; 9. Pangong Tso; 10. Sri Raghvendra Swamy Mutt Mantralayam
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