Modi wants tidier Indian cities
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is championing a nationwide effort to promote cleaner cities.
Rama Lakshmi reports for the Washington Post that achieving the goal won’t be easy. Indian metropolises are infamous for street litter, rotting garbage, raw sewage and public spaces that double as toilets for the indigent. Many municipalities lack the resources to collect and treat waste.
A $10 billion Clean India Campaign aims to alter the image of places like Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata as filthy and unsanitary. “Garbage is Modi’s pet peeve,” Lakshmi writes. “He has urged clean-ups in several speeches since his party won a resounding victory in May.”
The drive to tidy urban areas is fueled by a burgeoning middle class that views the filth as a “national shame,” the article says. The campaign also emphasizes more toilets for a nation where only half the population has indoor plumbing.