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Indore becomes India’s first ‘water plus’ city

30% of the sewage water in Indore is recycled and reused by people in their gardens and some construction sites, according to the city's municipal commissioner

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Indore, India’s cleanest city according to Swachh Survekshan, has now been declared as the country’s first ‘water plus’ city under the Swachh Survekshan 2021.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted, saying Indore, the state’s commercial capital, had set an example for other cities by becoming the first ‘Water+’ certified city under the Swachh Survekshan 2021.

“Heartiest congratulations to the citizens of Indore as it becomes the first SBM (Swachh Bharat Mission) Water+ certified city under #SwachhSurvekshan2021. Indore has been an example for the whole nation for its determination and dedication towards cleanliness. May it continue to bring glory to the state,” said in a tweet.

Swachh Survekshan is an annual of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns across India launched as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Indore Municipal Commissioner Pratibha Pal explained the parameters on which Indore achieved the ‘water plus’ status. She said, “Indore carried out a and halted 7,000 outfalls of greywater that went in rivers, drains. We completed all criteria to gain this achievement.”

“Moreover, 30% of the city’s sewage water was recycled and reused. This recycled water was used by people in their gardens and some construction sites,” Pratibha Pal said. She said further that public toilets should be connected through sewer lines and kept clean.

Pratibha Pal said that seven sewerage treatment plants were constructed in the city and about 110 million litres per day (MLD) treated water from them is being used.

“According to the guidelines of Water Plus Protocol, 147 special types of urinals were constructed in the city. Besides, the work of cleaning ponds, wells and all water bodies has also been done,” she said.

Meanwhile, Indore district collector Manish Singh also informed about the work done to achieve this tag. He said, “According to the guidelines of Water Plus Protocol of Swachh Survekshan, 1,746 public and 5,624 domestic sewer outfalls in 25 small and big nullahs were tapped by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) which also freed the city’s Kanh and Saraswati rivers from sewer lines.”

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