Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, first states to be ‘free of open defecation’ in urban areas

“Declaration of Porbandar district and other areas as Open Defecation Free today is an interim gift to Mahatma on the occasion of his birth anniversary," said M Venkaiah Naidu.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2016 2:12 pm
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Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh became the first states to declare their urban areas as Open Defecation Free (ODF) on the second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission Sunday.

All 110 cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh were given the ODF tag by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at an event in Tirupati, while Gujarat gave ODF status to each of its 180 cities and towns at a function in Porbandar attended by Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

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The state also declared the entire district of Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, as ODF to commemorate the 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this October 2.

In rural India, 37 districts comprising one lakh villages have been declared as ODF as per information released by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

While 334 urban areas are on the way to becoming ODF by March next year, according to the Ministry of Urban Development, 405 cities and towns have declared themselves Open Defecation Free.

Other states that will soon declare all their urban centres as ODF are Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram and a few other Northeast states.

The mission launched by PM Narendra Modi, with its urban and rural component handled by the respective ministries, aims to make the country ODF by 2019.

“Declaration of Porbandar district and other areas as Open Defecation Free today is an interim gift to Mahatma on the occasion of his birth anniversary today and the final gift of Swachh Bharat would be presented to Gandhiji on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on October 2, 2019,” said Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, while addressing a gathering at Porbandar through a video-link.

Naidu also released a postal stamp on cleanliness as well as a book In the Footsteps of Mahatma: Gandhi and Sanitation authored by Gandhian, Prof Sudarshan Iyengar, and published by the I&B Ministry.

As part of the second anniversary celebrations for the mission, community-based swachhta events were held at 10 locations termed as iconic places for attaining higher cleanliness standards. They were mostly tourist and religious places and included Taj Mahal, Ajmer Sharif, Vaishno Devi temple, Tirupati temple, Golden Temple, Jagannath temple among others.

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    DINESH MAHANTY
    Oct 3, 2016 at 12:34 am
    Thats fine. Is there any simillar plan by Rajasthan civic bodies to stop open defecation in Kota city particularly by nomadic tribes settled around JEE and NEET coaching insutes? Disgusting scenes. Hard to believe that we are in 21st century........😬🇮🇳🙏
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      fmcanada
      Oct 3, 2016 at 4:49 am
      Kerala? It was stopped long time ago! Stop being ic!
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        mumbikar
        Oct 3, 2016 at 8:54 am
        LOL !!!! Here comes another lie from modi select bunch of liars.
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          Peacenik
          Oct 3, 2016 at 3:18 am
          Other states that will soon declare all their urban centres as ODF are Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram and a few other Northeast states.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Maharashtra????????????????????????? Realllllyy????? WTF? Are people blind? one trip on a Mumbai local, and it would be clear how this a false claim. It will take at least a 100 years before we can think of declaring Maharashtra ODF
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            Prav
            Oct 3, 2016 at 4:09 am
            Yeah. The intelligent part in the statement is 'urban areas' . Now it is not a definite area.. It is subjective. So..... My point is, the local basti's of bombay( mumbai) is not part of the ' urban area'. Intelligent isn't it .
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              VND
              Oct 5, 2016 at 5:18 am
              In the States - where I live, this is how we deal with the doggy pooh. We carry a plastic bag and collect the pooh aided by the bag and throw it at home in a dust bin. The sanitation service comes once a week to collect the garage o a land fill.
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                Vinod Saini
                Oct 3, 2016 at 2:42 am
                Our leaders need to avoid false claims unless they are certain of achievements! I live in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and during my morning walk find many shanty children and even adults using open vacant spaces for urinating and defecation. So my request is that unless its supervision and system in place to punish those guilty is evolved and implemented our leaders better keep silent!lt;br/gt;What about domesticated and stray pets and rest of animals littering roads and streets? Servants or owners of domesticated pets bring them out for open defecation on sides of roads?lt;br/gt;Why not bring some rules and get these implemented in real on the ground?lt;br/gt;Just harping false claims fails to change the ground reality!
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