Mission Swachhta aur Paani: Garbage free city should be the main focus of Swachh Bharat initiative: Hardeep Puri

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PM constructed toilets in more than 11.5 crore houses under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
The PM launched the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban last year

New Delhi. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri said in the Network18 and Harpic Mission Swachhta and Paani telethon that garbage-free cities should be the prime focus of Swachhata and Swachh Bharat initiatives. The minister said, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan started as a government initiative and became a people’s project. Puri said, “Garbage free city should be the main focus. The segregation of waste is being done daily. Waste processing has been increased up to 80%.

Mission Swachhata aur Paani, an initiative of News18 and Harpic, is a movement that promotes the cause of inclusive sanitation where everyone has access to clean toilets. It advocates equality for all genders, abilities, castes and classes and strongly believes that clean toilets are a shared responsibility. The telethon will chart India’s cleanliness journey so far and the way forward for the next five years which will strive to bring about a behavioral change to ensure clean and hygienic toilets. It will bring together government leaders, celebrities, change-makers, sanitation activists and thinkers from across India with the promise of leaving no one behind.

Construction of toilets in more than 11.5 crore houses
The mission draws inspiration from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan as well as the Narendra Modi government’s push for cleanliness and use of toilets to end open defecation in India. In April this year, the PM had shared achievements under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan such as construction of toilets in over 11.5 crore households and making over 58,000 villages as well as over 3,300 cities free from open defecation.

The PM had launched the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban last year. It envisages making all cities ‘garbage free’ and ensuring gray and black water management in all cities other than those covered under AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation), all urban local bodies to open Free from defecation and whose population is less than one lakh as Open Defecation Free, thereby achieving the vision of safe sanitation in urban areas.

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