Sonu Nigam with Usha Chaumar, Usha Chaumar, the Honorary President of Sulabh International received the Safaigiri Award for Cleanest Ghat is Assi Ghat, Varanasi.on behalf of Sulabh International.
The India Today Group launched this initiative to clean India as a commemoration to Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary.
Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder, Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement has been instrumental for the restoration and beautification of ghats and cleaning of the Ganga river. Among the 84 Ghats on the banks of the Ganga, the Assi Ghat has been very dirty with accumulation of a lot of garbage and dirt. The stairs at Assi Ghat of the holy city Varanasi were covered with dirty mud, common visitors and pilgrims could not use the Ghat. Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi started a cleaning campaign digging the dust himself with a spade on November 8, 2014. Sulabh International Social Service Organisation thereafter cleaned all the 52 stairs thoroughly and the Ghat was opened for all on February 22, 2015.