New Delhi: Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday launched Swachh Survekshan-2017 for 500 cities in the country with an idea to make competitive environment to make the cities clean and expedite the Swachh Bharat Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Naidu also released various publications and mobile applications to help the 500 cities and towns prepare for the survey to be conducted in January 2017. This is the second round of survey to cover 500 cities and towns, including those with a population of one lakh and above, besides capital towns with less than one lakh population and towns known for heritage, tourism and hilly locations. The first round of survey was conducted among 73 cities with a population of one million and above in which Mysuru achieved the first rank.
On this occasion, the Minister also released the Swachh Survekshan guide book, Swachh Survekshan ideas book, Manual of Municipal Solid Waste Management, Self-Assessment Tool, a short film on Swachh Survekshan, toll-free number 1969 and a mobile Swachhta app.
Appealing to the corporate houses to adopt at least one city for cleanliness, he honoured Mahendra and Mahendra for adopting Mohali, Azar Punewala for donating Rs 100 crore for Pune, Tata Chemicals for donating Rs 150 crore for Gujarat, Aziz Mohammad of Cochin and a few others for working for cleanliness in the city. He also honoured an employee of Coimbatore for donating Rs 60,000 for education of poor children and municipal employees, one each of Guwahati and Greater Hyderabad, for not taking even a single leave in their careers.