New Delhi, Sep 28 (PTI) Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal flagged off 16 mechanical road sweepers and 40 water tankers on Friday, which is aimed at reducing pollution level in the national capital.

The water tankers will be used to settle dust on roads to bring down the level of dust pollution in the city.

Speaking at an event here, the Union housing and urban affairs minister said road sweepers and water tankers have been procured at a cost of Rs 300 crore released by his ministry under under Swachh Bharat Mission.

He said the Swachhta Campaign has become people’s movement and under it, everybody, including Lt Governor Anil Baijal and the municipal corporations in Delhi, are working hard.

Baijal said the ministry has become “liberal” in releasing funds to the municipal corporations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a call to give top most priority to swachhta campaign.

He said it was not possible to keep the country clean until every person, including children, become an ambassador of sanitation and asked the municipal corporation in the Delhi to consider making children ‘Ambassadors of Swachhta’.

When the children will grow up they make sincere efforts to make their country clean as was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi, Baijal said.

South Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel said the civic body would soon buy six small mechanical road sweepers with capacity of four cubic metres dust, four litre pickers and 17 tractors with water tankers from the funds already allocated by the ministry.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.