Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has made it somewhat of a trademark to cross security cordons and interact with crowds, broke with his schedule and arrangements again today to walk with delighted school children in the capital.
The Prime Minister swept the street in a Delhi neighbourhood where Mahatma Gandhi once stayed as he launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or Clean India Mission, which urges citizens to help clean the country.
As part of the clean India campaign that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched today he said he had invited nine people to join the cleanliness drive and requested each of them to draw nine more into the initiative to take it viral.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a massive five-year Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India campaign on Mahatma Gandhi's 145th birth anniversary. The PM led a cleanliness pledge at Rajpath along with about 30 lakh government employees across the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a massive five-year Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India campaign on Mahatma Gandhi's 145th birth anniversary. Early this morning he visited Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India campaign at Rajpath in New Delhi today, coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary.
- Mahatma Gandhi gave us the message quit India, clean India.
- Bapu's dream of a clean India is still unfulfilled.
- Swachh Bharat campaign logo is not just a logo. It is as if Gandhiji is watching us, asking as when will we clean India.
- I would like to congratulate those who worked for this programme earlier. They must have been in different forms and with different names but the initiative was to ensure a clean India.
- The Prime Minister is a son of India first and later the Prime Minister.
- This government is not trying to take credit for the Clean India campaign. I know there will be criticism in a few days - look what happened? But I have come prepared to face that.
- Is cleaning just the job of a sweeper? Is it not our duty too? Do citizens have no role in this? We have to change this mindset.
- We reached Mars. No PM or minister went. It was the people who did it, our scientists who did it. So can't we create a 'Clean India'.
- If Indians can reach Mars then can't Indians go and clean our streets and roads?
- India can do it, the people of India can do it.
- This is a very difficult mission, but by 2019 we should accomplish it.
- It will be a tribute to Gandhiji on his 150th birth anniversary.
- If this is politicized or seen as a photo-op then we will not be doing justice to this mission.
- I am sure we will all come together and fulfill this mission.
- This is a a job for 125 crore people and I say this 125 crore times. It isn't a job for Modi or the government alone.
- Gandhi didn't clean every village, but his commitment inspired millions to take up the task.
- Government and ministers can't do it alone, it is 'jan samanya ka' job.
- I have invited nine people and asked them to come to public places and work towards a Clean India. I ask them to invite 9 more people.
- I have invited Mridula Sinha ji, Sachin Tendulkar, Baba Ramdev, Kamal Haasan, Shashi Tharoor, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan and asked them to invite nine others.
- This work is the responsibility of the people of India. It is not the work of ministers or NGOs alone, but of the common man.
- Quit India was successful as the entire country was a part of that movement, I would ask 125 crore people to join this campaign to make India a clean place.
- Don't trust me or my government, trust the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi.
- The enthusiasm I am seeing on my social media pages for this campaign is heartening.
- We should pledge today to make it a clean India - 'I will not litter or allow anyone to litter'.
- When we go abroad we see how clean those countries are, we don't see them spitting around or throwing waste anywhere they wish to. Those places are clean because that is their dedication to cleanliness.
'Will devote two hours per week to help clean up India': Swachh Bharat pledge
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India campaign at Rajpath in New Delhi today, coinciding with Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary.
"Swachchh Bharat Mission" and Walkathon on 2nd October, 2014.
On 2nd October, 2014, the Prime Minister of India is scheduled to launch 'Swachchh Bharat Mission' at Rajpath and flag off a Road Walkathon. Approximately 5000 school children will participate in the event who will arrive in buses. The programme shall also be attended by Govt. officers, diplomats & expats, representatives of corporate houses and Chamber of Commerce, faculty & students of universities/colleges etc.
To facilitate smooth conduct of the function, Rajpath and Rafi Marg shall be closed for movement of traffic from 5.00 am to 10.30 am while Janpath and Man Singh Road shall be closed between 8.00 am to 10.30 am.
Route of the Walkathon:
Start from the crossing of Rajpath & Rafi Marg - Sunehri Masjid Road -Krishna Menon Marg - R/A Gole Methi - Tees January Marg - R/A Gandhi Smriti - R/A Claridges Hotel - Aurangzeb Road - Q-point - Shahjahan Road - terminate at Childrens Park, India Gate.
- Kasturba Gandhi Marg Radial
- Tilak Marg Radial
- National Stadium Radial
- Zakir Hussain Marg Radial
- National Stadium
- Inner Circle, Connaught Place
- Inside Pragati Maidan, Entry from Gate No. 7 on Mathura Road
- Raksha Bhawan
- Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts
Govt. official vehicles:
- Vigyan Bhawan
- Vigyan Bhawan Annexe
- Jantar Mantar Road
- Zabta Masjid
North to South and vice versa:
- Ring Road - Sarai Kale Khan - I.P. Flyover - Rajghat.
- Lala Lajpat Rai Marg - Mathura Road - W Point.
- Aurobindo Marg - Kamal Ataturk Marg - Kautilya Marg -Sardar Patel Marg - Mother Teresa Crescent - R/A RML and continue.
East to West and vice versa:
- I.P. Marg - A Point - Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg - Connaught Place and continue.
- I.P. Marg - A Point - W Point - Sikandra Road - Mandi House - Ferozeshah Road and continue.
- Ring Road - ISBT Kashmere Gate - Boulevard Road - Baraf Khana Chowk - Rani Jhansi Road and continue.
South to Central Sectt. and Connaught Place:
Motor Teresa Crescent - Park Street - R/A RML - Pandit Pant Marg for Central Secretariat and Park Street - Baba Kharak Singh Marg/Mandir Marg for Connaught Place.
Mathura Road - W Point - Sikandra Road - Mandi House - Ferozeshah Road - Raisina Road - Red Cross Road for Central Secretariat and Mandi House - Barakhamba Road for Connaught Place
Motorists taking Vinay Marg, Shanti Path and going to New Delhi and beyond may take Sardar Patel Marg - Mother Teresa Crescent - R/A RML - Baba Kharak Singh Marg or Park Street - Mandir Marg and proceed further to New Delhi and beyond areas.
Traffic diversions shall be suitably enforced on roads in the vicinity of Rajpath and route of the 'Walkathon' depending on the position of the walkathon. Sufficient traffic staff shall be deployed for ensuring proper diversions and guiding the road users.
Motorists are requested to avoid New Delhi area and follow the routes, as suggested above, for uninterrupted movement. General public and motorists are advised to plan their journeys in view of the events and advance their journeys so that possible delays can be taken into account. Motorists are advised to follow the directions of the traffic policemen, deployed for traffic arrangements, to avoid inconvenience.
JOINT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
Buildings around Rajpath, the road that leads from the Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate in the heart of Delhi, are being sanitised and will be sealed from this evening in preparation for the Swachh Bharat or Clean India campaign tomorrow, the police said.