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Safe waste disposal, street sweeping at night: Take a look at how Indore became ‘cleanest city’

ThePrint brings you pictures from Indore which retained the 'cleanest city' tag for the fifth consecutive year.

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Indore: Last week, Indore retained the cleanest city tag for the fifth consecutive year in the Swachh Survekshan (cleanliness survey) 2021 announced by the Modi government. The credit for this goes to the city’s sanitation workers (safai mitras) who work round the clock, responsible citizens, and the administration, which has ensured that there are no gaps.

The safai mitras work in two shifts, the first shift starts at 6:30 am end ends at 2 pm, and the second shift starts at 10 pm and ends at 7 am. There are no open garbage dumps in residential areas. The garbage is collected in municipal vans that have compartments for dry waste and wet waste. Even the residents segregate the waste before it is dumped into the van.

The van then transports the waste to garbage transfer station, where it is segregated into six different types. It then goes to the trenching ground, where the waste is segregated further and then sent to different industries for recycling. Indore has been following this process for five years now. The dumping yard that earlier used to look like a mountain of waste is now a factory where hundreds of women segregate the waste every day.

The Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) allocates around Rs 1,200 crore annually for sanitation in the city. It levies a nominal user tax from residents for door-to-door garbage collection. It charges Rs 60 per house per month from houses in slums, Rs 90 per house per month in middle-class localities, and Rs 150 per house per month in posh areas.

ThePrint’s Manisha Mondal brings you pictures of the cleanest city.

Residents dispose garbage in the municipal van | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Indore residents dispose of segregated waste in a municipal van | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

At Chappan Dukan area of Indore's New Palasia there are several dustbins | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Dustbins at Indore’s Chappan Dukan area to dispose of waste | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

A woman sanitation worker sweeps the residential area in Indore | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A sanitation worker sweeps a road in Indore | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

The plant where water is recycled, this water is used in industries as well as in the beautification of the city| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The plant where sewage water is treated for use by industries as well as for beautification of the city| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

At the dumping yard a woman cleans the floor | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman cleans the floor at the dumping yard | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

The dumping yard is now a industry in the outskirts of Indore city | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The dumping yard is situated on the outskirts of the city | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

There are more women in this work | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Workers segregate the waste at the Garbage Transfer Station | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Women employees segregate the garbage at the dumping yard | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Women employees segregate the waste at the dumping yard | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

The night shift sanitation workers leave for their duty at 10 PM | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The night shift for sanitation workers begins at 10pm | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

The sanitation workers work at night | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Sanitation workers can be seen sweeping a road at night | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Citizens walk on clean foot over bridge | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Citizens walk on a clean foot over bridge | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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