Union Tourism ministry is in the process of bringing out a “cleanliness index” that will list the top five cleanest cities in the country, a step aimed at encouraging their dirty counterparts to “clean up”.
“We are preparing a cleanliness index. The methodology has been finalised. We will not tell you which are the five dirtiest cities. We will certainly tell which are the five cleanest cities,” Tourism Secretary Parvez Dewan said.
To revive tourism in the flood-ravaged J&K, the Centre has asked state officials to bring out an inventory of rooms and infrastructure which can be used without major overhauling. After interacting with state officials, the Centre has learnt that there are many hotels whose upper floors could be put back in business in a short time. A majority of the houseboats, too, could be ready for business. The tourism ministry has told the state to try and restart tourism activities by October 15.
The government also plans to carry out a “culinary survey” across the country. The recipes would be standardised by the Chef Society of India and will be placed in the public domain. The aim is to cover all the 600 districts and the estimated number of recipes to be surveyed could touch a lakh.
The ministry said the project for the development of Varanasi ghats, a pet scheme of the PM, was on schedule. UP government will carry out the drive which could take up to four years.