Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', his first major social campaign since assuming office, on October 2 for a filth-free India.
Seeking to set an example by working the broom on Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birthday, Modi called upon every Indian to realise Gandhi’s dream of clean surroundings and brought a fading Gandhian ideal back into public imagination.
The Rs 62,000-crore campaign, India's biggest cleanliness drive, will cover over 4,000 towns in the next five years. The government's objective, however, is to make it a pan-Indian mission, one under which every individual is a stakeholder.
The campaign has completed a month. HT took to the streets to find out whether Swachh Bharat has truly caught on or become yet another instance of lip service.
Below are a few picture of places that were cleaned on October 2, and the same places on November 1.See for yourself and be the judge of where Swacch Bharat stands.
Mandir Marg, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mandir Marg during the launch of Swachh Bharat campaign, in Delhi. (PTI Photo)
Mandir Marg seen after a month. (Mohd. Zakir/HT Photo)
Dadar beach, Mumbai
VJTI College students participate in cleanliness campaign at Dadar Beach. (Kunal Patil/HT Photo)
Dadar Beach after one month. (Prodip Guha/HT Photo)
Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
Dr Mahesh Chaturvedi, dressed as Mahatma Gandhi, sweeps a street near Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, on October 2. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Jantar Mantar seen after a month. (Mohd. Zakir/ HT Photo)
DGP Omendra Bharadwaj and senior police officials participate in the cleanliness drive in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on October 2. (HT Photo)
Garbage littered at the place after a month. (Himanshu Vyas/HT Photo)
Krishnapura Chhatri, Indore
BJP MLA Usha Thakur (centre) sweeping the floor at Krishnapura Chhatri premises in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on October 2. (Arun Mondhe/HT Photo)
Krishnapura Chhatri premise on November 1. (Arun Mondhe/HT Photo)
CST railway station, Mumbai
Minsiter of state for railways Manoj Sinha at CST railway station in Mumbai on October 2.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
CST railway station after a month. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
A lane near Patanipura square in Indore on October 2. (Amit K Jaiswal/HT Photo)
The same lane as seen after a month. (Shankar Mourya/HT Photo)