New Delhi, June 23: The Central government has identified 10 iconic places for observing intertiol standards of cleanliness under the Prime Minister’s flagship ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ with the help of the World Bank, officials said here on Thursday.
The government said it is also in the process of drafting standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure cleanliness and waste magement at 10 tiol parks and tiger reserves.
The ‘iconic’ places identified are Vaishno Devi (Jammu and Kashmir), Taj Mahal, Agra, Manikarnika Ghat-Varasi (Uttar Pradesh), Kamakhya Temple (Assam), Jaganth Puri(Odisha), Ajmer Sharif Dargah (Rajasthan), Meekshi Amman Temple (Tamil du), Balaji temple Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Golden Temple, Amritsar (Punjab) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, (Maharashtra).
“We have selected 10 iconic places where with the technical assistance of the World Bank, we will uphold intertiol standards for cleanliness,” Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, said here.
He said the government had also sought help from intertiol experts and a team of the World Bank officials would visit these places and hold a meeting in the first week of July.
Adding that the state governments are already working towards this, Iyer along with Ajay rayan Jha, Secretary, Environment and Forest Ministry, told reporters that the initiative will require participation of corporate houses, both private and public, and people.