New Delhi: Think you don’t know enough about what the government calls the world’s biggest cleanliness campaign – the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan? Head straight to this newly inaugurated Swachh Bharat themed park in the national capital – New Delhi. Yes, the city has got its first sanitation park at the CGO Complex that can serve as a guide to all things related to the Clean India movement. From technologies pertaining to toilets, solid and liquid waste management and the impact of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, since its launch in 2014, the park has got everything. The park was recently inaugurated by Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti and Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Parameswaran Iyer.
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Union Minister for Drinking Water & Sanitation @umasribharti inaugurates a Sanitation Park, at CGO Complex, in New Delhi pic.twitter.com/4qXiDWSjxU
— PIB India (@PIB_India) February 9, 2018
It is an initiative undertaken by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in collaboration with the Environmental Sanitation Institute and Tata Trusts in a bid to motivate people to join the Swachh India cause.
Sharing the glimpses of the park with the netizens, Mr Iyer said,
An honour to have our Minister @umasribharti ji inaugurate the @swachhbharat Sanitation Park at the CGO Complex in Delhi this afternoon.
An honour to have our Minister @umasribharti ji inaugurate the @swachhbharat Sanitation Park at the CGO Complex in Delhi this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/QMuTgjEqLm
— Param Iyer (@paramiyer_) February 9, 2018
In the park, instead of regular benches there are toilet seats and cleanliness-related signboards, in every nook and corner. The agenda is to create awareness about toilets and using them for a Swachh India.
The park comes at a time when around 6 crore toilets have been constructed under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in India. 11 states and union territories (UTs) have been declared open defecation free. And the sanitation coverage has moved up from mere 39 per cent in 2014 to 78 per cent today. But, the road to a clean nation by 2019 is still a long one. In order to be declared open defecation free country by October 2, 2019, the centre needs to construct approximately 5 crore toilets by then.
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