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.
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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.