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  • Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is a favourite tourist destination for foreigners visiting India. In Picture: Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, pose at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, April 16, 2016.Reuters
  • Traffic moves in front of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station as it is illuminated with the colours of the Indian flag in lieu of Independence Day in Mumbai, India, August 15, 2015.Reuters file
  • Meenakshi temple, MaduraiS V Krishnamachari
  • Hindu devotees wait to enter a holy cave of the Hindu goddess Vaishno Devi, the goddess of power, during the Navratri festival in Trikuta hills about 58 km (36 miles) north of the northern Indian city of Jammu, late October 16, 2004.Reuters file
  • The world's richest Hindu temple, the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, is located in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams website, (Govt photo)
  • A Hindu monk plays an instrument made from a buffalo horn at the Kamakhya Temple in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati June 21, 2003. Seers and pilgrims are arriving at the temple, which is famous for the teaching of black magic known traditionally as 'Tantra'.Reuters file
  • People carry a holy "Chaddar" (shawl) to offer it at the shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti during a Urs procession at Ajmer in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan April 20, 2015.Reuters file
  • Hindu devotees attend Rath Yatra, a religious procession, in the eastern Indian city of Puri July 4, 2008.Reuters file
  • Visitors to the Golden Temple in Amritsar in the northern Indian state of Punjab pray on the first floor of the shrine December 27, 2002.Reuters file

The Central government announced on Friday a major clean-up drive for 100 iconic places in the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission. In the first phase, 10 places would be taken up, involving the state governments who are crucial to the success of the drive.

"To ensure better coordination with the State teams, a Video Conference was held with all Chief Secretaries and Secretaries of the relevant Departments of the above States on 31st May, 2016," an official statement said on Friday.

The learnings derived from the first phase will be used to make the drive more efficient for the remaining 90 places, it added.

The 10 places to be spruced up comprise the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (railway station) in Mumbai, Vaishno Devi in Jammu, Tirupati Temple, Golden Temple in Amritsar, Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi, Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Ajmer, Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati and Jagannath Puri Temple in Puri.

Some of these places are not only popular pilgrimage sites within the respective communities but also attract tourists, both Indian and foreign, in large numbers.