Published on : Thursday, May 4, 2017
India has improved its rankings on the Travel and Tourism Competitive Index 2017, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swacchh Bharat Mission. Union minister for culture and tourism, Mahesh Sharma, said on a statement that greater cleanliness in and around tourist areas has helped to improve the tourist experience in the country.
India is among the 15 most-improved countries of the World on the global index and has moved up 12 notches from 52 in 2015 to Global rank 40 on the index this year. Topping the list is Spain amongst the 136 countries while Yemen is the last. Sharma said in a statement that they are going beyond the idea of physical cleanliness and attempting to achieve through PM Modi’s flagship scheme the dream Mahatma Gandhi had and which couldn’t be fulfilled in 70 years. The authority is also planning and working to improve its performance on the World Tourism and Security Indices this year.
Secretary, department of culture, NK Sinha also said the Swachh Paryatan mobile application launched by the ministry in February this year to ensure cleanliness around heritage monuments will be extended to create alerts about insanitary conditions in different parts of the cities as well.
A major problem lies in the availability of space for building toilets in more densely popular urban areas.