sulabh swatchh bharat

Monday, 23-April-2018

Villages stride ahead with toilet construction

Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar is a happy man now

Over  80,000  villages  across the  country  have  achieved the  target  of  constructing 100 per cent toilets while 21 districts have  now  become  open  defecation free, the government said today.

“I am happy to share that with the work done by the state government, civic bodies and the Centre, 21 districts have become Open Defecation Free”,  said  union  Drinking  Water and  Sanitation  Minister  Narendra Singh  Tomar.  “Work  of  constructing  100  per  cent  toilet  in 80,282  villages  has  been completed.  This  has  happened in some 287 development  blocks”,  he  said, addressing  students  from seven  countries  at  an event organised by Sulabh School  Sanitation  Club.

Tomar  also urged  students  to  ensure  100  per cent sanitation by 2019, a dream programme of PM Modi. He said under the Swachch Bharat Mission,  the  Prime  Minister  has asked to identify 100 iconic places in the country and have exemplary sanitation  levels  there.  Accordingly,  the government has identified such places  where  sanitation  should  be  ideal. These  include  Kamakhya temple  in  assam,  Golden temple in Amritsar, Chhatrapati  Shivaji  Terminus in Mumbai, the shrines of Vaishno Devi and Tirupati Balaji and Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan.