Mohali got the first rank under Swachh Bharat Mission in Punjab for achieving 100 per cent target in making rural areas open defecation free (ODF), Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said on Wednesday.
DC Sapra said the ranking was recently announced by the Union Department of Water Supply and Sanitation on the basis of facts and figures contributing the mission.
She said public opinion is being created in the villages by organising gram sabhas and social gatherings before constructing toilets, which resulted in scheme adoption by the villagers and helped in constituting a clean environment in the rural areas.
The DC said the district has achieved 100 per cent target in making the rural areas ODF under Swachh Bharat Mission launched on October 2, 2014.
She added that in the last three years, 13,784 toilets were constructed in 349 villages of the district. Each beneficiary was facilitated with financial assistance of Rs 15,000 for constructing the toilets.
She further said the district became the first district of Punjab with individual household toilets in each house. She said the ranking was carried out at Swachchta Darpan by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on the basis of three main parameters — performance, sustainability and transparency.