Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lauded Indore for becoming the first city in the country to get ‘Water Plus’ certification under the Swachh Survekshan 2020-21.
“People of Indore are not going to sit with the top Swachh Bharat ranking. They have dedicated themselves and decided to maintain the ‘water plus’ tag for their city. And that means, no sewer or wastewater would go into any public waterbody,” Modi said in ‘Mann Ki Baat.’ Modi specifically mentioned about how people of Indore contributed to the campaign to help the city get ‘Water Plus’ certification. “People of Indore came forward and connected their household wastewater lines with sewer networks while organising cleanliness drives. Due to this, mixing of wastewater into waterbodies such as Saraswati and Kanh has come down, and the change visible,” he said.
Modi, during his address said, “At a time when the country is celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ (to mark 75th year of India’s Independence), we must ensure that the pledge of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ does not get weak.”
“As more cities become ‘water plus’ in our country, the standards of cleanliness will improve, our waterbodies will be cleaned up, and it will become part of our culture and we will fulfil the human responsibility of saving water”, Modi added.
Around 84 cities had applied for ‘Water Plus’ certification under the Swachh Survekshan 2021, and 33 of them qualified for direct observation. On August 11, Indore was declared as the first ‘Water Plus’ city.
To bag the certification, Indore Municipal Corporation had constructed 10 sewerage treatment plants in different areas of the city for treatment of wastewater. Also, 1,746 community and public toilets and 5,624 individual sewer lines were connected with a dedicated drainage line to prevent mixing of wastewater into waterbodies.