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After setting a goal for all by bagging the tag of 'Cleanliest City in India' for the fifth consecutive year, Indore Municipal Corporation is now working towards its vision of Swacch Survekshan 2022! Reportedly, in line with this vision, the civic body of Indore will now help in improving the sanitation services in Rau Nagar Parishad by implementing its own waste management model there. According to officials, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between IMC and Rau Nagar Parishad for this mentorship program.

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Known as the cleanest city in India, Indore has now been hailed as the benchmark model for plastic waste management in the country by the NITI Aayog. As per reports, the city's innovative garbage management concept not only reduces plastic waste but also recycles it for construction projects, promoting the ideas of sustainable development among 2 million people. The module also favours the set up of economical ways to tackle waste management and to ensure an independent system to run its activities.

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In a move to spread awareness about organic activities, Government Holkar Science College in Indore will get a kitchen garden soon. Reportedly, the college administration has already initiated the plan, which entails provisions for training students, teachers, staff members and city residents for instituting similar gardens at their homes. The interested individuals will be informed about the best practices so that they can grow organic fruits and vegetables within the confines of their homes.

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In a simple yet innovative move to fuel water conservation and spark conversations around it, hotels in Indore have decided to serve half-filled glasses of water to the customers. This measure is being executed under an initiative taken up by the non-profit Ojas Foundation. Besides saving water and preventing its wastage, this scheme will spread awareness amongst the city folks to take similar, that are conducive to conserving the elixir of life.

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Located at a distance of over 610 Km from Indore, Kanha National Park crowns the Maikal range of the Satpuras in Madhya Pradesh. Famed widely for its Tiger Reserve, the park has attained worldwide recognition for being one of the most prominent wildlife sanctuaries. With its jungle safari and Bammi Dadar (sunset point), Kanha offers a combination of adventure and serenity. So if you are a travel buff who loves to indulge in offbeat adventure, this biodiversity hotspot deserves an itinerary soon!

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Indore has yet again made a statement of excellent environmental protection module by bagging the title of the first 'Water Plus' city of India. The honour has been awarded under Swachh Survekhshan 2021, an annual survey of cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation in cities and towns, across the nation. The survey programme is presently running its 5th edition, under the banner of the Union's Swachh Bharat Mission.

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In a bid to better the air quality of Indore and advance its 'cleanest Indian city' identity, the state of Madhya Pradesh has set the ball rolling for a green initiative. On Sunday, the administration and several social welfare groups launched a plantation drive, by the name 'a plant in every house', to sow at least 2 lakh plants in Indore by Independence Day. Reportedly, the mission will be backed by the assistive support of the Indore Municipal Corporation and Border Security Force here.

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Located in Indore's Shree Nagar locality, Chhatri Bagh shares a link to the Holkar Dynasty that once ruled the bounds of this city. Originally a burial site for kings and queens, the premises of this structure dotted by canopies, or chhatris, has now been turned into a popular park. If you are looking to break the monotony of lockdown with a stroll in a park, then mask on and visit Chhatri Bagh for a trip down the annals of history and some fresh air!

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Animal lovers will soon have an enhanced experience at Indore Zoo with the striking visuals of a new species of fauna. Reportedly, Indore Zoo authorities have initiated plans for welcoming African Zebras to the animal shelter. Under the animal exchange program, a pair of African Zebras will be transported from Mumbai's Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Zoo to the facility in Indore. As per reports, Mumbai zoo will receive the animals from Israel and the entire process may take 2-3 months.

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Ushering in a wave of thrill and excitement for lovers of nature, the Madhya Pradesh government is deliberating upon the initiation of a night safari at the Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary. As per reports, the forest reserve area located on the peripheries of the Indore district will be revamped into an attractive tourist hotspot. Talking about the expected developments, the State Forest Minister apprised that a butterfly park is also proposed in the region.

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In a strong green step, Indore's premium management school has turned towards the provision of renewable sources of energy to cut down its electricity consumptions. From November 2020 to March 2021, IIM Indore has installed rooftop solar panels atop its old auditorium, administrative block, five student dormitories, mess and academic block, successfully packing an average of 11.8% saving rate in the last 6 months. This has emboldened the institute's socially conscious and environmentally-sound approach further, promoting the concept of sustainable growth.

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