Located about 165km east of Aizawl, Biate village in Mizoram has won the Best City for Innovations title among the Northeastern states in the Swachh Suvekshan, 2018.
The Swachh Survekshan report states that there are no legal penalties for smoking in public places, for urinating in the open and for littering. But people simply do not participate in these activities. Biate’s mission to stay clean started almost a decade before India’s was prompted to a Swachh Bharat by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014.
It all started way back in 1956 when children would clean the streets in their leisure time. The mission hit a roadblock when the State was in the grip of insurgency until 2003 when the campaign got a new lead of life and this time the adults joined the children.
The Swachh Survekshan report says that the story behind Biate’s transformation begins with the local leaders sensitizing the people to adopt a holistic approach for improvement in the field of hygiene, sanitation, protection of environment and overall development acceleration.
Garbage trucks have been deployed to reach every corner and every pocket in the town to maintain high standards of cleanliness. Door-to-door campaigns, counseling and other such programs have been organized for the young and old, convincing them that Biate could only be clean if every resident attained the same level of responsibility towards the cause.