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The “mountains of garbage” in the cities will be removed: PM Narendra Modi

The Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 intends to make Indian cities waste free. AMRUT 2.0 aims to accelerate wastewater treatment and provide 100% coverage of water supply to all households.

Speaking on urban water security, Prime Minister Modi said the goal is to expand the management of wastewater and septic tanks, and ensure that no sewage untreated is only discharged into rivers. “When wastewater treatment increases, urban water bodies will become clean and so will our rivers,” he said.

Referring to the Ghazipur landfill in Delhi, Prime Minister Modi said: “There is such a mountain of garbage in Delhi that has been sitting here for years and waiting to be removed,” Modi told the Minister of Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, who nodded in agreement. . “This movement in India will also create a lot of ‘green jobs’,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi said that around 1 lakh of tons of urban waste is processed every day in India. “In 2014, less than 20% of waste in India was treated. Today, India treats nearly 70% of its waste every day. We have to increase it to 100 percent, ”he said. The Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0 has an expenditure of Rs 1.41 lakh crore

Invoking BR Ambedkar, Modi said that “Babasaheb” sees urban development as a major means to eradicate inequalities.

“Those who migrate to the cities from the villages in search of a better life can find jobs in the cities, but their standard of living is worse than it was in the villages. It is a double blow for them to be far from their villages and not to have a good life in the cities ”, he declared.

Both missions will improve the lives of migrants in cities, the urban poor and the middle class, he said.

Identifying street vendors as important stakeholders in urban development, Modi said he has so far received loans worth 2,500 crore from banks under the government’s PM-Street Vendors Atmanirbhar program. NIDHI and through more than 7 crores of digital transactions, street vendors are building their credit history. with the banks, which was not done before.

The Prime Minister also called the cleaners and garbage collectors “superheroes”.

He said that in the seven years leading up to 2014, the government spent around Rs 1.25 lakh crore on urban development. The NDA government over the next seven years budgeted around Rs 4 lakh crore for it, he said. “New metro lines, housing for the urban poor are all made from this. “