Union minister for urban development M Venkayia Naidu inaugurated the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’ project on Friday, in which, 500 cities of India including Batala city of Gurdaspur district have been selected. A workshop was also held on the occasion through video conference from New Delhi. The project aims at encouraging cities to improve urban sanitation.
After attending the video conference at the National Information Centre in Gurdaspur, deputy commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said the cities having a population of over one lakh each have been included in the project.
The DC added that the project will be evaluated in January 2017 and will examine cleanliness, public toilets and other arrangement of keeping cleanliness in the city concerned.
The DC sought cooperation from the residents of Batala city of Gurdaspur district in accomplishing the mission of the project. The DC also sought cooperation from social and non-government organisations in creating awareness among the people, so that they use the toilets built at their respective houses and avoid going in the open.
The DC said the government was providing a grant of `15,000 each to the needy for building toilets in their houses.