The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Monday held a workshop to deliberate upon various ways to make the city free of open defecation by December.
The campaign is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission to end the practice of open defecation across the country by 2019.
The workshop was addressed by Ajay Sinha, a representative of the corporation. “Open defecation is hazardous for public health, as it is the root of many diseases and is a major cause of land, water and environmental pollution. The reason the people do not have appropriate washroom facility is because of social taboos. Also, the problem is prevalent in backward areas that are poverty stricken and people lack knowledge about ill-effects of open defecation,” said Sinha.
According to 2011 Cenus, 70 per cent of the population had toilets in 2011, but 80 per cent people still deficate in the open.