Rajkot to declare itself as open defecation free

The move is likely to to boost credential of Rajkot as among the cleanest cities of India.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: June 4, 2016 5:34 am

The Standing Committee of Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) took cognisance of a proposal moved by the municipal commissioner declaring the city free from practice of open defecation (OD), on Friday.

The move is likely to to boost credential of Rajkot as among the cleanest cities of India. At its weekly meeting held on Friday morning, the standing committee gave green signal to the proposal forwarded by municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra to announce Rajkot free from OD. Now, the committee will move a resolution to this effect at the general board meeting of RMC.

“We have built around 12,000 toilets over the last two years. We have built community toilets in localities where construction of individual toilets are not possible. We have also installed prefabricated toilets in slum pockets to get rid of OD. Mobile toilets have also been installed at some locations. Moreover, sanitary inspectors have conducted drives to sensitise people about the need of giving up their habit of relieving in open. The declaration of Rajkot being a city free from OD is big step towards making Rajkot a Smart City,” standing committee chairman Pushakar Patel said. ens

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