Jal Shakti Ministry announces 12 iconic sites for transforming them into Swachh Tourist Destinations

The initiative aims to enhance the experience of both domestic and foreign visitors to the iconic sites by improving the sanitation and cleanliness standards at and around the sites.

Created On: Feb 25, 2021 17:55 ISTModified On: Feb 25, 2021 17:56 IST
Sun Temple, Konark

The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS) under the Jal Shakti Ministry has announced the selection of 12 iconic sites that will be transformed into ‘Swachh Tourist Destinations’ under Phase IV of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) initiative of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G).

The announcement takes forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for transforming iconic heritage, spiritual and cultural places in the country.

The project is being coordinated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation of Jal Shakti Ministry in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and the concerned State/UT governments.


The initiative aims to enhance the experience of both domestic and foreign visitors to the iconic sites by improving the sanitation and cleanliness standards at and around the sites.

The Swachh Iconic Places initiative aims to achieve a distinctly higher level of sanitation and cleanliness at the selected sites, especially on the peripheries and in approach areas. 

Following are the 12 iconic sites that have been selected under SIP Phase IV: 


Iconic Site 


1. Ajanta Caves Maharashtra
2. Sanchi Stupa Madhya Pradesh
3. Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
4. Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan
5. Ramdevra Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
6. Golconda Fort Hyderabad, Telangana
7. Sun Temple Konark, Odisha
8. Rock Garden Chandigarh
9. Dal Lake Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
10. Banke Bihari Temple Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
11. Agra Fort Agra, Uttar Pradesh
12. Kalighat Temple West Bengal

Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) initiative

•  The Swachh Iconic Places initiative is focused on cleaning up 100 places across India that are “iconic” due to their heritage, religious or cultural significance.

•  The Initiative aims to improve the cleanliness conditions at these places to a distinctly higher level and is being undertaken in partnership with Ministries of Urban Development, Tourism and Culture with MDWS being the nodal ministry.

•  All the iconic sites have designated PSUs for financial and technical support.

Sites selected under Phase I of SIP initiative: 

1. Mata Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Maharashtra
3. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
4. Tirupati Temple, Andhra Pradesh
5. Golden Temple, Punjab
6. Manikarnika Ghat, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
7. Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Rajasthan
8. Meenakshi Temple, Tamil Nadu
9. Kamakhya Temple, Assam
Jagannath Puri, Odisha

Sites selected under Phase II of SIP initiative: 

1. Gangotri, Uttarakhand 
2. Yamunotri, Uttarakhand 
3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain
4. Char Minar, Hyderabad
5. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa
6. Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam
7. Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola
8. Baijnath Dham, Devghar
9. Gaya Tirth in Bihar
10. Somnath temple in Gujarat.

Sites selected under Phase III of SIP initiative: 

1. Raghavendra Swamy Temple: Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
2. Hazardwari Palace: Murshidabad, West Bengal
3. Brahma Sarovar Temple: Kurukshetra, Haryana
4. VidurKuti: Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh
5. Mana village: Chamoli, Uttarakhand
6. Pangong Lake: Leh-Ladakh, J&K
7. Nagvasuki Temple: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
8. ImaKeithal/market: Imphal, Manipur
9. Sabarimala Temple: Kerala
10. Kanvashram: Uttarakhand

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