A national policy is in place; cities, state governments must operationalise it.
In May, Indore was declared India’s cleanest city. It beat 433 other cities in a survey conducted by the Centre, which ranked them on various sanitation and cleanliness parameters, including waste collection, open defecation free (ODF) status and feedback from citizens. The survey is part of the government’s initiative towards a cleaner India. Its focus on sanitation, open defecation and waste collection is significant, considering their impact on the environment, and on the health of city dwellers.