Gujarat government declares all urban centres in the state open defecation free

A total of 5,47,642 toilets have been built for 54 lakh urban families, who did not have a toilet as per the Census 2011, stated a release from the state government.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:October 28, 2016 4:04 am

The Gujarat government on Thursday declared all eight municipal corporations and 162 municipalities as open defecation free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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A total of 5,47,642 toilets have been built for 54 lakh urban families, who did not have a toilet as per the Census 2011, stated a release from the state government. These toilets have been built at a cost of Rs 567 crore by the municipal corporations and the municipalities.

A grant of Rs 162 crore was received from the NDA government for building these toilets, the release added.

On October 2, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, while addressing a public gathering, had announced that three districts — Porbandar, Mehsana and Narmada — have become ODF. Apart from these three districts, he also declared 30 talukas, 117 cities and towns and 3,000 villages in the state as ODF.

Apart from this, the state government has also built 174 new pay-and-use toilet blocks at a cost of Rs 6.25 crore. This is in addition to an estimated 1,500 pay-and-use toilets across the state.

Another 165 community toilet shed blocks have also been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.35 crore. The state government also claimed to have conducted “third-party inspection” of these toilets from Quality Council of India.