“I have a firm belief that we will develop a culture and the new steps that we take towards achieving cleanliness will continue. Only then will we achieve the dream of Gandhiji, achieve the kind of cleanliness that he had dreamt of,” Modi said in his radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
He said the central government, in association with the state governments and municipal representatives, will launch a “massive and important campaign of waste management” in 4000 cities on the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June.
“Two types of waste bins will be available – one of green colour and the other blue colour…. If we are disciplined, then the waste bins that are going to be placed in these 4000 cities will collect dry garbage in blue waste bins and liquid garbage in green waste bins,” Modi said, explaining the type of waste that should be put in the respective bins.
The PM, who has been driving the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign for over two years, said that even on the decision of a single individual, a huge public campaign can be built, referring to one such cleanliness drive on the Versova beach in Mumbai.
“You must have heard that the Versova beach in Mumbai, which was infamous for its filth, has now transformed into a clean and beautiful beach. People toiled for about 80-90 weeks, extracting thousands of tonnes of waste and today Versova beach is clean and beautiful,” he stated. Modi said this mission was started by a Mumbai based lawyer Afroz Shah in October 2015 and gradually people joined it. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) awarded ‘Champion of the Earth’ Award to Afroz Shah, and thus he has become the first Indian to achieve this distinction, the PM said.