Indore’s resolve to earn for itself the status of silent city of India by March, 2021, has witnessed sweeping praise for raising the bar high by undertaking innovative measures to improve the quality of life of ordinary people.
“We want to free Indore from noise pollution and earn for it the status of silent city of India by March, 2021. This is an unofficial title but people are being motivated to achieve this goal,” District Collector Lokesh Kumar Jatav was quoted as saying in media reports on Sunday.
Indore has earned the distinction of being the country’s cleanest city in several Swachh Bharat Abhiyan annual surveys, which were launched in 2016 to assess the state of sanitation and cleanliness in Indian cities and rank them according to their performance on several parameters.
Responding to the announcement by Indore District Collector, Business tycoon Anand Mahindra took to social media website twitter to praise the initiative as “Monday motivation”.
“Decades ago, I met my wife while I was making a student film in Indore. The city was then unattractive and dirty. The city’s transformation is miraculous and proves that ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way!’ More power to you, Indore; You’re my #MondayMotivaton,” tweeted Mahindra.
Retweeting a post that showed a picture of neatly demarcated and litter-free vegetable market in Indore, Mahindra said: “More evidence of how Indore has transformed even the most common—and usually the most chaotic— aspect of an Indian town…”, adding that other Indian towns and cities should “emulate the neat demarcation of the vendors, the use of rangoli, & waste segregation”.
Since 2016, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has managed to eliminate garbage dumps in the city and been able to ensure 100% segregation of waste at household level and the waste collected is being converted to usable products, such as compost and fuel.
The civic body of Indore partnered with non-governmental organisations for raising awareness among its citizens to change their behaviour and engaged private companies to run some waste management operations. The corporation also used technology to ensure that its waste management plan is implemented efficiently.