New Delhi: Speaking at 57th Maharashtra Day celebrations, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that entire urban Maharashtra will become open defecation free (ODF) by October this year. Chief Minister Fadnavis further declared 225 cities and towns free from open defecation. The event which took place at Shivaji Park in Mumbai was attended by Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao.
Earlier this year, Chief Minister’s Office Maharashtra had announced that under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, 3.45 lakh toilets have been constructed so far and the state government aims to build 1.75 lakh more toilets by October 2.
It was informed that 3.45 lakh toilets are constructed till now and 1.75will be completed soon. Entire target will be achieved by 2nd Oct'17
— CMO Maharashtra (@CMOMaharashtra) March 30, 2017
On the occasion, Governor Rao said that around 11,000 villages in Maharashtra had become drought–free by conserving water in village watershed.
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Under the Jalayukta Shivar Abhiyan launched by the state government to tackle water scarcity, over 2.5 lakh works had been completed and that 12 lakh thousand cubic meters of water storage potential has been created, he added.
Maharashtra was formed on May 1, 1960. Each year Maharashtra Day is commemorated with a parade at Shivaji Park in Dadar where the Governor gives a speech. The State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Mumbai Police and Home Guards personnel take part in this parade.
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With inputs from PTI