Close to the temple is Valmiki colony, where sanitation workers currently live in flats given by the government. Back in 1946, many Valmiki families stayed in slums near the temple and most of them worked as sweepers in nearby areas including Gole Market and Connaught Place.
Over 600 city corporations have visited Indore to learn how a city, which ranked 25 in the 2016 cleanliness survey, has managed to consistently top the charts since then. From over 700 new toilets and urinals to 3,000 roadside bins and a live tracking system to monitor garbage vans, Indore did a lot of things right.
Delhi government's Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) received Rs 1,886 lakh to construct community toilets. Of this, it has spent Rs 732.55 lakh, while the remaining Rs 1,153.85 lakhs (61%) remain unused.
Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat are the biggest beneficiaries in terms of funds
allocated for schemes such as Swachh Bharat Mission, Smart Cities Mission and PMAY (Urban)
Dipankar Ghose and Aniruddha Ghosal spend a night in Defence Colony and Kotla Mubarakpur, two colonies in Delhi that are separated by more than the road that divides them, to watch the daily clean-up operation.
Urban food discards were also recognised as a potential resource, not a waste. In Portuguese Goa, bullock carts would move from bungalow to bungalow, collecting kitchen leftovers for on-farm composting. This was the earliest Indian version of doorstep waste collection. In big cities like Bangalore, farmers would bring their produce to town for early-morning auctions, […]