World Toilet Day 2018: Nearly 60.50 Lakh Household Toilets Built Under Swachh Bharat Mission

PTI
Around nine crore toilets have been built across the country since October 2014 under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) and a total of 546 districts were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF), the Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.

New Delhi, November 19: Nearly 60.5 lakh individual households toilets have so far been constructed across the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said Monday.

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According to the ministry, around 4.7 lakh public toilet seats have been constructed so far. The target set under the mission was 5.07 lakh public toilet seats.

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More than 12,000 public toilets have been built in Delhi since 2015, the ministry said. Speaking at an event here, HUA Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said 19 states and UTs were already Open Defecation Free (ODF) in their urban areas.

"This has been achieved by the construction of nearly 60.53 lakh individual household toilets (against a mission target of 66 lakhs; i.e. 91.7% constructed and under-construction against target)," Mishra said in an official statement.