Mawlynnong – The Cleanest Village of Asia
If you ever visit Mawlynnong, a tiny village in Meghalaya, you will find bamboo waste baskets on each road and small children having a sense of keeping surroundings clean. This village has been named the cleanest village of Asia which makes it a proud achievement for India. This village serves as an inspiration to cities about the Swachh Bharat campaign. However, this village has been living the life of cleanliness long before the campaign ever started. Mawlynnong, a village with 503 people has been titled ‘Asia’s cleanest village’ in 2003 by India Discovery Magazine.
In the year 2007, the village removed the practice of open defecation by building toilets for each and every one of the 91 houses. The residents of the village have stated that the village has been clean since many generations and it is a part of their culture and tradition. In this village, littering is not encouraged at all even if done by children. This village has been receiving a lot of tourists since it was named cleanest village in 2003.
If a tourist ever visits this village and litters, he/she is given warnings about it. Even many people from foreign countries visit the village. When asked about whether the tradition will be held up in future, the villagers were extremely confident that this tradition will stay as part of their life for as long as imaginable. The schools in the village also teach the children about this tradition and how to maintain their village.