How Indore became India’s cleanest city

Indore, the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, was at the 149th position in 2014 in the Swachh Survekshan’s cleanliness ranking. It climbed to the 25th place in 2016 and to the top in 2017. Today, Indore is considered as India’s cleanest city as per the Swachh Survekshan 2017 – Swachh Bharat survey, conducted by Quality Council of India across 434 cities of the country and is based on the feedback of 18 lakh respondents. The development was a result of corporation’s efforts to make the city garbage and open-defecation free.

Until the last few years, Indore was choking on its plastic waste. People used to burn plastic and create air pollution. The city came up with a solution by recycling the waste by using it to make roads. You will be surprised to know that the roads in Indore are washed by pressure jets every night to make it dust-free. The city has 100 percent door-to-door garbage collection which collects over 1,000 metric tonnes of garbage daily through household and commercial establishment. Since the launch of the Swachh Bharat mission, Indore Municipal Corporation claims to have covered all of its wards with a door-to-door solid waste collection, instituted waste segregation, and installed tracking devices for garbage trucks. Two landfill sites of six acres each are being proposed. There are also plans to use bioremediation to treat old waste and establish a waste to energy plant by 2019.

To make the city garbage free, 1,400 dustbins have been removed. Reason? People would dump garbage into plastic bags and throw in the dustbin. Rag pickers and animals would poke it and create a filthy mess. Now, once the garbage is collected it is sorted, cleaned and composting is done. The compost is used to create trees and belts around the garbage dump. The trash trucks, also known as Nagar Nigam trucks, are also cleaned on a regular basis. Hence, no filth is spotted onto the trucks.

Every ward head is given a jeep to keep a close eye on the ward and fine those creating mess. User charges are being levied for all occasions meaning every event is charged as per head. Citizens are warned against spitting, public urination and littering by creating awareness with the help of radio FM, TV advertisement, jingles and newspapers. Six NGOs including 400 volunteers are assigned for the same.

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