Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday set 2017 as the deadline to make all the town/cities free of open defecation through access to toilets for all and exuded confidence that Swachh Maharashtra, complete with solid waste management plants, would become a reality in 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is being pursued with great vigour through the local bodies for which the state urban development department held by Fadnavis is the planning authority.
Announcing special incentives to towns/ cities achieving the target, Fadnvais said, “It is our endeavour to reward local bodies which succeeded in Swachh Maharashtra campaign. The
funds would be utilised for upgrading to level next in the Swachh Maharashtra Abhiyan.”
The reward would be Rs 2 crore for A category town, Rs 1.5 crore for category B and Rs 1 crore for category K. The classification is as per population and size of towns/cities of every nagarparishad and mahapalika.
According to Fadnavis, “Swachh Maharashtra is not a one-time campaign. It’s a public movement that would go long way in addressing critical problems related to environmental pollution and health hazards.” Health problems would almost diminshed by 50 per cent if we succeed in Swachh Maharashtra mission, he added.
“Industrial waste that pollutes rivers and water bodies is a mere ten per cent. Whereas, 90 per cent pollution is caused due to household/ community waste and seweage.” We have to take solid waste management on priority. The segregation of wet and dry waste, coupled with treatment of sewege water is essential,” he said.
So far, 51 towns across Maharashtra succeeded in getting rid of open defecation by making provisions of adequate toilet facilities in individual households and community. Maharashtra has a tall target to cover 265 local bodies (nagaparishads/ nagarpalikas/corporations). It includes 8.31 lakh families. The campaign meant mobilising local bodies in this mammoth exercise.
On Wednesday, Fadnavis felicitated local bodies that have made remarkable achievements in this campaign.
The toilet construction is being funded in part by the centre, state and local bodies. The total cost per toilet provided outside Mumbai is Rs 12,000. Whereas, for toilets in Mumbai it works out to Rs 5,000.
Solid waste management, which entails segregation of wet and dry waste, complete with treatment has been enforced in three towns Panchgani, Vengurla and Devlali.