New Delhi: Congratulating all the Mumbaikars, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis today declared Mumbai Open Defecation Free. ‘Great news for Mumbai! Congratulations to all Mumbaikars, Mumbai becomes Open Defecation Free (ODF). Good job BMC and Shri Ajoy Mehta,’ tweeted Chief Minister Fadnavis. The credit goes to Mumbai’s urban local body – Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation also known as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) who adopted a comprehensive approach to make the city free from the practice of open defecation.
Great news for Mumbai !
Congratulations to all Mumbaikars!
Mumbai becomes Open Defacation Free (ODF).
Good job BMC and Shri Ajoy Mehta ! pic.twitter.com/WfIQJQmeSs
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) July 7, 2017
Soon, after the announcement made by the Chief Minister, Twitter started buzzing with reactions.
Actor Pooja Bhatt responded by saying, with all due respect this is in-factual! Do visit Bandstand, Bandra reclamation creek, Versova beach jetty & Sagar Kutir etc. to back up claim.
With all due respect this is in-factual!Do visit Bandstand,Bandra reclamation creek,Versova beach jetty & Sagar Kutir etc to back up claim???? https://t.co/GTyLMDTcvH
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) July 7, 2017
Shocked by such a big announcement, many people raised their doubts about the ODF status of Mumbai.
This does question the sanctity of ODF rating process. Mumbai is definitely not ODF.Please don't let such lies spread.Citizens will laugh.
— Nishant Nair (@NishantNair12) July 7, 2017
Sir it's premature to declare Mumbai ODF.Pls ask your team to visit Central Mumbai. U will see many people there!!
— Nirav Raval (@BilavPurohit) July 7, 2017
Scepticism aside some were pleasantly surprised by the news.
Wow… Tremendous achievement If city like Mumbai can become ODF in such a short span!!
is it really true?? @avgode ? https://t.co/el7zc14p3N
— #జైశ్రీరామ్ (@krdatla) July 7, 2017
In the recent Swachh Survekshan Greater Mumbai was at 29th position in terms of sanitation and cleanliness. BMC speeded up the process of construction of individual and community toilets in a bid to attain the tag of Open Defecation Free. BMC also roped in the megastar Salman Khan and appointed him as the brand ambassador of the Open Defecation Free campaign of Mumbai. They also launched a creative Swachh Bharat initiative recently named Chakachak Mumbai in which community toilets were given a creative makeover.
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) July 7, 2017