Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary of the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, on June 12, 2018 launched the Phase III of ‘Swachh Iconic Places’ (SIP) under PM Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission. The Ministry also launched ten new iconic sites under the third phase of the flagship Swachh Iconic Places project.
• The Ministry launched the project at the Mana village which is situated close to the Badrinath temple in Uttarakhand. The Mana village now becomes a Swachh Iconic Place.
• The Ministry is yet to finalise the PSUs or corporates for extending support to these new sites as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partners.
• The ministry also launched four major Solid and Liquid Waste Management activities in Mana village, including community soak pits, compost pits, separation centre for organic and inorganic waste and naalis for liquid waste with a sanctioned amount of Rs. 26.87 lakhs.
• These new sites have joined the 20 Swachh Iconic Places identified under Phase I and II where special sanitation work is already underway.