Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Mizoram cleanest town Biate has scripted history by bagging Swachh Survekshan 2018 award.
The census town in Mizoram’s Serchhip district won ‘best city’ award in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’ – NE Zone after results of Swachh Survekshan were declared by Union for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on last Wednesday.
About 4,203 cities and towns across the country competed in Swachh Survekshan under Swachh Bharat Mission this year. Competition was held in 52 categories in which Biate bagged winner in best city category. Indore, which bagged the winner last year was again adjudged as winner of overall, followed by Bhopal and Chandigardh.
Hyderabad was chosen as the Best State Capital/UT in “Solid Waste Management”. In Zonal categories, Siddipet was selected as cleanest city in South zone, while few peripheral areas in the city namely Bodupppal (Best City in Citizens Feedback-South Zone) and Peerzadiguda (Best City in Innovation and Best Practices-South Zone).
Congratulating the town on winning the national award, Mizoram urban development and poverty alleviation minister Zodintluanga thanked the people of Biate for their relentless efforts in putting the town in the national limelight in term of cleanliness.
“It is encouraging as well as challenging to learn that Biate has made it to the top cleanest 4303 towns in India. It is a milestone and fillip towards development for Mizoram to have Biate, which is one of the 23 urban towns of the state, to have appeared among the 4303 cleanest towns in the country,” he said.
Urban development & poverty alleviation secretary C Vanlalramsanga also congratulated the people of Biate and said Mizoram has an ample opportunity to become one of the cleanest states in the country.
Biate is a census town in central Mizoram’s Serchhip district, about 169 km east of Aizawl with a population of roughly 2,277, according to 2011 general census. It is one of the first open defecation free town in Mizoram.
Biate has been announced the cleanest town in Mizoram earlier this year. The town began its cleanliness drive back in 1956, long before Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat mission in 2014. It was in that year that Mizo Children’s Association (MCA) was formed, which took up the initiative of cleanliness drive.
Once a week, members of the association would make use of their leisure to clean the streets. However, the 20- year long insurgency in Mizoram caused hindrance to the cleanliness campaign. The campaign was revived in 2003 and since then there is cleanliness drive continue smoothly, involving not only children but also the entire populace.