Indore Municipal Corporation has launched a special campaign and devised a novel way to stop open defecation in and around the city. Under the campaign named ‘Roko aur Toko’, launched to make the city open defecation free under the Centre’s Smart City project, the civic body has formed ‘dibba gangs’ that spot the people defecating in the open and start beating metal boxes loudly in front of them, to make them feel ashamed of their act.
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“We have identified places in each ward, where people go for nature’s call, like rail tracks near slum areas. We have constituted dibba gangs, whose members beat boxes loudly to make those indulging in such acts feel ashamed. These dibba gang members are deputed at such places between 5.30 am and 8.30 am,” an IMC official said on Wednesday.
Women members, local residents and social activists have also been made part of the initiative, who will educate people against the menace and also inform them about its consequences. According to the officials, new toilets are also being built at these places for the convenience of people. Interestingly, rural parts of Indore district have left behind the urban pockets around ten months back and have become open defecation free.
After Nadia district in West Bengal, Indore was the second in the country to be declared open defecation free on January 25. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had declared 610 villages in the district free of open defecation.