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West Bengal Civic Bodies To Build 1.5 Lakh More Toilets Across 3 Districts

After achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status in more than 50 local bodies, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee aims to target make another 21 urban local bodies open-defecation free by 2017

According to officials, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been working towards cleanliness of West Bengal through the 'Mission Nirmal Bangla' and aims to achieve the open defecation free status through this mission and so did not participate in the Swachh Survekshan Survey
Highlights
  • West Bengal government has taken up 10 Solid Waste Management projects
  • The state government has provided Rs 452.17 lakh to 125 urban local bodies
  • 1.5 lakh houses to achieve open defecation free status by March 2017

Kolkata: West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee government has taken up 10 integrated solid waste management projects for 14 urban local bodies, at a cost of Rs 421.69 crore, under Mission Nirmal Bangla, an official release said on Monday. The urban local bodies are in Kolkata, Dum Dum, North and South Dum Dum, Baranagar, Bhatpara, Naihati, Ashoknagar-Kalyangarh and Habra, Asansol, Krishnanagar, Santipur, Nabadwip and Jalpaiguri.  “Tender processes of these projects have been initiated and all the ULBs have been instructed to create massive awareness…,” the release said.

Under the mission, four districts – Nadia, North 24 Parganas, Hooghly and East Midnapore and its 55 urban local bodies – achieved open defecation free status by completing the construction of more than one lakh individual household latrine.

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The government said that another 21 urban local bodies of Burdwan, South 24 Parganas and Coochbehar districts aim to construct more than 1.5 lakh household latrines to achieve open defecation free status by March 2017.

The state government has provided Rs 452.17 lakh to all the 125 urban local bodies for public awareness generation and spraying larvicide oil to prevent vector borne diseases like malaria, dengue etc.

The government said this year, Rs 2,400 crore plan fund has already been spent by urban local bodies and Rs 695 crore has already been released to them from the from Finance Commission.

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