New Delhi: The Central Government has decided to undertake a special clean-up drive under Swachh Bharat Mission focusing on 100 places of spiritual and cultural importance in the country. In the first phase, 10 places would be taken up, involving the state governments who are crucial to the success of the drive.
The list of these 100 places is under discussion and will be finalized soon, said a Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry statement. The initiative has been undertaken under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be coordinated by the ministry of drinking water and sanitation. It will be done in association with the ministry of urban development, ministry of culture, ministry of tourism and the concerned state governments.
The 10 places to be spruced up comprise the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (railway station) in Mumbai, Vaishno Devi in Jammu, Tirupati Temple, Golden Temple in Amritsar, Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi, Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer, Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati and Jagannath Puri Temple in Puri.
Some of these places are not only popular pilgrimage sites within the respective communities but also attract tourists, both Indian and foreign, in large numbers.
"The aim of this initiative is to make these 100 places model 'Swachh Tourist Destinations', that will enhance the experience for visitors from India and abroad," said the ministry statement.