Vizag The Third Cleanest City – Swachh Survekshan 2017

visakhapatnam, 2018
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Vizag is in news again and it is a matter of pride. Visakhapatnam has emerged as the third cleanest city in India as per Swachh Survekshan 2017. Thats not all!! It is now deemed a model city in the context of Swachh Bharat and one from which other cities can learn from. The Ministry for Urban Development is launching 500 AMRUT cities. AMRUT stands for ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation’ and is a mission to develop 500 cities on the lines of 15 cities deemed best and exemplary for urban development goals. Visakhapatnam secures the third best place.

At the recent Swachh Survekshan meeting chaired in Vizag, the goals of Swachh Bharat mission were discussed and a roadway set for their realization. The first workshop was – ‘Learning from Greater Vizag Municipal Corporation’. Wow!! Great news.

GVMC has taken leaps in exercising programmes of it’s own apart from those set by the Ministry of Urban Development. Swachh Bharat is the country’s mission and every city finds its own way to realise them. GVMC has taken drastic steps for improving the city. The results are realized practically and are sustainable too.

Municipal Commisioner Shri M Hari Narayan inagurated the first workshop. The workshop was jointly conducted by GVMC and Water and Sanitation for The Urban Poor. Visakhapatnam has launched the first workshop in the learning initiative and the rest of the model cities will take the series of workshops forward till December 22, 2017. City-to-City Peer-learning is the cornerstone of these workshops and Visakhapatnam is a champion here. 27 Urban Local Bodies and 50 NGOs from the city attended the workshop. The Chief Medical Officer for Health from GVMC was present and threw light on the progress in improving city sanitation and the goal-oriented approach in operations.

Swachh Bharat Mission has seen Visakhapatnam undertake a brave and daring effort in improving from an urban development to a Model City. The acknowledgement is loud and clear and YoVizag rejoices with Vizagites in pride for The City of Destiny.

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