1,100 Towns And Cities Set To Earn ‘Open Defecation Free’ Status By October 2

Chandigarh is the only Union territory to have become Open Defecation Free. (Photo Credit: Global Interfaith WASH Alliance)

New Delhi: Around 1,100 towns and cities in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala and Telangana are set to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by October 2, the day the Centre launched the ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ in 2014.

With Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Chandigarh having declared their 281 cities and towns as Open Defecation Free, a total of 1,418 towns and cities would become open defecation free by this October.

Chandigarh is the only Union territory to have become Open Defecation Free.

These nine states and the UT account for 39 per cent of the total 4,041 cities under the campaign.

The information was provided during the review meeting of the progress of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) by Urban Development Secretary D S Mishra.

Mr Mishra asked the officials concerned to pursue with the states/UTs lagging behind like Goa, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir and north eastern states for speeding up construction of toilets which is necessary for the Open Defecation Free status, an official release said.

He also stressed on the need for Solid Waste Management projects.

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