New Delhi: The Central government has identified top 10 iconic places including Taj Mahal and Vaishno Devi to be cleaned on par with international standards for which foreign experts will be involved. For this, the World Bank will also provide technical assistance. The Centre is also in the process of drafting standard operating procedures (SOP) to ensure cleanliness at 10 popular sanctuaries and tigers reserves, they said. “We have taken an initiative at 10 iconic places.
The idea is to ensure cleanliness of international excellence- level here. We have invited international experts for helping us and World Bank will provide technical assistance for the same,” Parmeswaran Iyer, Secretary (Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation), told reporters here on Thursday. Iyer said the government plans to do bench-marking to ascertain what will be the standard of cleanliness both inside and outside these places. He said the ministry will organise a two-day workshop next month, when consultations will be held with the experts, who, he said, will help chalk out a roadmap to implement the “site-specific” programme, fix indicators of international standards and decide on time frame and financial resources.
Iyer, who was accompanied by Environment and Forest Ministry Secretary Ajay Narayan Jha during the briefing, stressed that the initiative will require participation of corporate houses, both private and public, and people to succeed. Jha said that the Environment Ministry is working on SOPs to take forward cleanliness around national parks, sanctuaries or tiger reserves ‘a step forward’ and identified 10 such locations with higher footfall being the main focus initially.
These all are set to be Cleaned
Taj Mahal and Manikarnika Ghat in Uttar Pradesh, Vaishno Devi in Jammu and Kashmir, Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Maharashtra, Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan, Golden Temple in Punjab, Meenakshi Temple and Kamakshi Temple in Tamil Nadu and Jagannathpuri in Odisha are the 10 places identified by the government.
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