Mizoram’s cleanest town Biate bags nat’l awardAIZAWL, May 18: Biate, which had been adjudged the cleanest town in Mizoram, has bagged the Swachh Survekshan 2018 award. The census town in eastern Mizoram won the ‘best city’ award in ‘Innovation & Best Practices’ – NE Zone category. The results were declared by Union Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in New Delhi. Hyderabad was chosen as the Best State Capital/UT in “Solid Waste Management”. In Zonal categories, Siddipet was selected as cleanest city in South zone, while few peripheral areas in the city namely Bodupppal (Best City in Citizens Feedback-South Zone) and Peerzadiguda (Best City in Innovation and Best Practices-South Zone). 

Biate in Serchhip district of Mizoram had been announced the cleanest town in Mizoram earlier this year. Congratulating the town on winning the national award, Mizoram Minister of Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation Zodintluanga, thanked the people of Biate town for their relentless efforts in putting Biate on the national limelight in terms of cleanliness. 

With roughly a population of over 2,000, Biate is one of the first open defecation free towns. Biate began its cleanliness drive back in 1956 when Mizo Children’s Association (MCA) was formed. Once a week, Association members would clean the streets. However, the 20 years of insurgency in Mizoram caused hindrances to the cleanliness crusade. The campaign was revived in 2003. Since then the cleanliness drive continued with children and adults participating.

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