The 4,480 ODF villages are in the five states of Uttarakhand
, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar
and West Bengal.
Mr Tomar also launched a model Ganga Gram initiative under which 24 Namami Gange villages have been identified in the first phase, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation said in an official statement. Out of these 24 villages — three are in Uttarakhand, ten
in Uttar Pradesh, four in Bihar, five in Jharkhand and two in West Bengal.
Ganga Gram is a joint initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Water Resources. Under this programme, gram pradhans of the 24 villages were administered oath for achieving the goal of ‘Adarsh Ganga Gram’. The initiative focuses on better cleanliness and
infrastructure facilities like solid and liquid waste management, rejuvenation of ponds and water sources, water conservation projects, organic farming and convergence with other government departments and projects, the statement said.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Adityanath stressed on his government’s commitment to make the entire state of Uttar Pradesh ODF by December 2018.