UPSC Exam Preparation: Topic of the Day – Swachh Iconic Places (SIP)
Swachh Iconic Places is an initiative under the Swachh Bharat Mission launched by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2016. The project was initiated to implement the PM’s vision of taking the iconic places and their surroundings to better standards of cleanliness so that all visitors benefit and also take away home message of cleanliness. It is a multi-stakeholder initiative focusing on cleaning up 100 places across India that are “iconic” due to their heritage, religious and/or cultural significance.
Implementation of Swachh Iconic Places initiative:
Swachh Iconic Places is a collaborative project of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation with three other central Ministries:
- Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
- Ministry of Culture, and
- Ministry of Tourism.
It also involves local administrations in concerned states and public sector and private companies are also sponsoring partners. All Iconic Sites have designated PSUs for financial and technical support.
Initiatives taken up under Swachh Iconic Places initiative:
Improved sewage infrastructure, installation of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), drainage facilities, improved sanitation facilities, water vending machines, solid and liquid waste management (SLWM) set-up, structure restoration, lighting arrangements, beautification of parks, roads maintenance, better transport facilities in approach and access areas besides at the main sites.
Iconic Sites short-listed, phase-wise:
Phase-1: Ajmer Sharif Dargah, CST Mumbai, Kamakhya Temple, Golden Temple, Maikarnika Ghat, Meenakshi Temple, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Shri Jagannath Temple, Taj Mahal and Tirumala Tirupati Temple.
Phase-2: Gangotri, Yamunotri, Charminar, Mahakaleshwar Temple, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Adi Shankaracharya’s Abode – Kalady, Gommateswara, Baidyanath Dham, Gaya Tirth and Somnath temple.
Phase 3: Raghavendra Swamy Temple (Andhra Pradesh), Hazarduari Palace (West Bengal), Brahma Sarovar Temple (Haryana), Vidur Kuti (Uttar Pradesh), Mana village (Uttarakhand), Pangong Lake (J&K), Nagvasuki Temple (UP), Ima Keithal market (Manipur), Sabarimala Temple and Kanvashram (Uttarakhand).
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