This Independence Day, ‘Urban Reality’ puts the spotlight on one of the largest cleanliness drives in the world - Swachh Bharat Mission, a mission that is very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's heart.
In the first term, the biggest achievement showcased by the government was that most of the villages in India have achieved near completion status of 100 percent open defecation free.
While there are arguments around the percentages, there is absolutely no doubt that the progress on building toilets and the single-minded focus on solving this rather shameful social problem by the Modi government is indeed notable and also praiseworthy.
In Modi 2.0, the Swachh Bharat Mission is on a new trajectory. The ministry of housing and urban affairs has launched a Swachh Survekshan League 2020 to ensure garbage-free and open defecation-free cities. On the 73rd year of independent India, we are going to focus on how can we make our cities garbage free.
To discuss these issues, CNBC-TV18 talked to Chitra Mukherjee, head of advocacy and policy at Chintan; Ira Singhal, deputy commissioner of North MCD and Wilma Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Saahas Zero Waste.