AP, First in India To Have ‘Open Defecation Free’ Urban Areas
Andhra Pradesh is set to create another important milestone. The new state will soon become the first state in India to make all its urban areas ‘Open Defecation Free’. This will be done on October 2nd, marking the second year after the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission. This was confirmed by the Union Urban Development Ministry.
During a recent review on the progress of the central cleanliness drive in all 110 municipalities of AP, the state officials were updated by Urban Development Secretary Rajiv Gauba at Visakhapatnam, according to an official release.
Mr Gauba lately went to Vizag for reviewing the progress of urban initiatives, such as Smart City Mission, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Swachh Bharat Mission. He held discussions with the Collectors of all 13 districts and municipal commissioners of all 110 urban local bodies of AP on their action plans for ensuring sanitation.
“During the review, it emerged that Andhra Pradesh, which has been in the forefront of construction of toilets in urban areas, can make all 100 municipalities open defecation free by October 2, this year, as per the action plans in progress,” the release by Urban Development Ministry said.
As against the target number of 1,94,336 individual household toilets to be constructed in the urban areas of the state, work had already begun in 1,53,779 and construction of 1,04,732 toilets have already been completed, the release said. Apart from the central aid of Rs. 4,000 per toilet, AP government is also extending the funding of the additional Rs. 11,000 per toilet, giving a big boost to the program.
Coming to the Community and Public Toilet seats, work had started on 3,887 seats and 1,952 seats have already been constructed, it said. This is as against the mission target of 4,614 seats.