Over a year after Nadia was declared as India’s first ‘open defecation free’ district, two other districts of the state — Hooghly and North-24 Parganas — are on their way to become open defecation free zones. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a 3-day tour to North Bengal, will make the announcement at a function in Hooghly on September 29, said senior party leaders.
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Earlier, Mamata had claimed that the state’s ‘Nirmal Bangla Project’ would become a model for the Center’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, of which it is an offshoot. ‘Nirmal Bangla’ was launched by the government on October 2, 2014, with an aim to bring all existing sanitation projects under it.
On April 30, 2015, Nadia became the first Indian district to earn ‘open defecation free’ status. Officials said Burdwan and South-24 Parganas will also be declared ‘open defecation free’ by March 2017. The state Panchayat and Rural Development departments are working to ensure that all districts in Bengal follow suit.