#WorldToiletDay: A Total Of 8 States, 3 Union Territories And 1,789 Cities Are Now Open Defecation Free

#WorldToiletDay: A Total Of 8 States, 3 Union Territories And 1,789 Cities Are Now Open Defecation Free

The aim of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is to build approximately 11 crore toilets and end open defecation by 2019 out of which about 5.3 crore toilets have been built so far since 2014
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Highlights
  • All remaining 4 Union Territories aim to go open defecation free by 2018
  • 5.3 crore toilets in rural areas have been built since 2014
  • 1,789 cities have been declared free from open defecation

New Delhi: As countries across the globe celebrated World Toilet Day on November 19, India on a mission to achieve 100 per cent sanitation by 2019, marked the day by declaring three union territories (UTs), urban areas of two states and a number of cities open defecation free (ODF), thus raising the number of ODF states to eight. Addressing the fifth National Conference of Resident Welfare Associations (CoRWA) in Mumbai, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said the goal is to not only to declare areas ODF but also to sustain them.

“#WorldToiletDay: 8 states/ 3 UTs, 1779 cities & 44,606 wards declared Open Defecation Free. We rededicate ourselves with greater vigour to @SwachhBharatGov (2/2),” he tweeted.

Areas that were declared ODF include urban areas of Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar and Dadra Nagar Haveli. While the ODF target for all the states is 2019, the UTs have to make their areas free from open defecation by 2018. Kerala, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh were the first three states to get the ODF title.

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As of today, 1,789 cities have been declared ODF. Further, urban areas of AP, Gujarat, Chandigarh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, MP, Andaman & Nicobar and Dadra Nagar Haveli have become ODF, which is a major achievement, the minister said.

Talking about the Swachh Bharat Mission’s (Urban) overall target he said that of the total 68 lakh toilets to be constructed by 2019, 40 lakhs have been built till now.

Considering this year’s theme CoRWA was Swachh Bharat, Mr Puri spoke about the objectives of Swachh Bharat Mission and said, “SBM aims at providing clean & hygienic living conditions but the very foundation on which success of other initiatives can be achieved. Without cleanliness, there can be no healthy living & without healthy living, there can be no life & development.”

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Echoing the sentiments of Mr Puri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the government is committed towards improving the sanitation facilities across the country, “We reaffirm our commitment towards improving sanitation facilities across our nation.” He also thanked the people of India who have enthusiastically come forward to help the government achieve this ambitious feat.

On October 2, the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, states including Gujarat, Haryana and Uttarakhand had attained the ODF tag not only in urban areas but also in rural areas. In the same month, the rural leg of Swachh Bharat achieved 70 per cent sanitation coverage in rural areas of the country with construction of over five crore toilets. In 2014, when the massive cleanliness campaign was launched, India’s sanitation coverage was merely 38.70 per cent and in last three years it has almost doubled up.

Also Read: World Toilet Day: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Reiterates Importance Of Having A Toilet At Home, Says Committed To Improving Sanitation Facilities

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  1. Swachh Bharat Mission has gained significant momentum over the past last three years and 33,76,793 Individual Household Toilets and 1,28,946 Community Toilet Seats have so far been built. According to officials records, 688 cities have been so far declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) and 531 of them have been independently verified and certified as ODF.

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