Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation via virtual conference on Friday. PM Modi launched the two initiatives at the Dr Ambedkar International Centre in Delhi.
Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore as well as ministers of urban development of states and union territories were also present during the event.
Addressing the gathering after launching the second phase of both the missions, Prime Minister Modi said that the aim of Swach Bharat Mission 2.0 is to make the cities garbage-free. With this 2nd phase, the government is also aiming at sewage and safety management, making cities water-secure and ensuring that dirty nullahs don't merge into rivers.
PM Modi further said that this 2nd phase of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 & AMRUT 2.0 is also an important step in fulfilling the dreams of BR Ambedkar.
"Toffee wrappers are no more thrown on floors but kept in pockets. Kids alert elders not to litter around. The youth are taking initiative. Some are earning wealth from waste, while some are creating awareness. There is segregation of dry and wet waste, there's awareness," the Prime Minister further said, highlighting that even the kids are aware that we need to make our mother clean and garbage free.