Ajanta Caves, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Konark Temple feature among 12 sites chosen for ‘Swachh Tourist Destinations’ initiative

The Ministry of Jalshakti has selected 12 tourist places that will be transformed into ‘Swachh Tourist Destinations’ that includes Dal Lake, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir and Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra under Phase-IV of the Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) initiative.

The list includes other famous destinations such as, Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh, Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan, Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan, Ramdevra, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, Telangana, Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha, Rock Garden, Chandigarh, Banke Bihari Temple, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, Agra Fort, Agra, Uttar Pradesh and Kalighat Temple, West Bengal.

The initiative aims at enhancing the experience of both domestic and foreign visitors by improving the sanitation and cleanliness standards at and around the sites.

The objective of SIP is to achieve a distinctly higher level of Sanitation/Cleanliness at these places, especially on the peripheries and in approach areas. This project is being coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and the concerned State/UT governments, the government said.

The Ministry of Jal Shakti has taken up a multi-stakeholder initiative focusing on cleaning up 100 places across India that are “iconic” due to their heritage, religious and/or cultural significance. The goal of the Initiative is to improve the cleanliness conditions at these places to a distinctly higher level. All Iconic Sites have designated PSUs for financial and technical support.

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