Meenakshi Temple: The Madurai City Corporation is set to receive a special award from the Centre as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. The Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple has been adjudged best ‘Swachh Iconic Place’ in India as on October 1. Ten spots were identified by the Central Government as part of the ‘Swachh Iconic Places’ initiative earlier this year.Dedicated to Meenakshi, an incarnation of Parvati, and her consort Sundareswar, an incarnation of Shiva, the temple was adjudged the Best Swachh Iconic Place from a formidable list of contenders that included the Taj Mahal, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the Golden Temple, Tirupathi temple and Sri Vaishno Devi temple.As part of the recognition as Swachh Iconic Place, a project has been conceived to clean the periphery of the temple, according to Mr. Aneesh Sekhar. It is in the early stages and is slated to be completed by March 2018. The project is estimated to cost ₹11.65 crore and has been sponsored by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity.“We have been awarded for the swift progress that has been made until now. We are proud that we have been chosen among the 10 iconic places,” he added. The Madurai Corporation has placed several bins at the distance of 50 metres along the Chithirai streets.
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