Six states to become ODF by October

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According to regular reports received from States/UTs, all the 1,137 statutory cities and towns in six states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Kerala and Telangana are set to be declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) by October 2 of this year marking the completion of three years of Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).

Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Chandigarh have already declared all the 281 cities and towns under their jurisdiction ODF, with a total of 1,418 cities and towns set to become ODF by this October, two years ahead of the mission deadline of October 2, 2019. These nine states account for 39% of the total 4,041 mission cities.

The number of mission cities in Maharashtra are 384, followed by Madhya Pradesh -378, Chattisgarh-168, Kerala-93, Telangana -73 and Jharkhand-41.

Gujarat had already declared all 170 cities and towns ODF while Andhra Pradesh had done so in respect of 110. Chandigarh is the only UT to have become ODF.

The six states set to become ODF have a total target of construction of 22,44,003 Individual Household Toilets while Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Chandigarh have constructed 9,51,177 such toilets. These nine States/UT account for a total of 31,95,180 toilets which comes to 49% of the total mission target of construction of 65,82,451 toilets.

In Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Sikkim, the toilets constructed so far and under construction comes to 100% of mission target, followed by Uttarakhand-92%, Maharashtra-91%, Puducherry, Chattisgarh-89%, Tamil Nadu-85%, Telangana-81%, Kerala-77%, Karnataka-74%, Punjab-68%, Andaman & Nicobar Islands-67%, Bihar-63%, Rajasthan-61%, Uttar Pradesh-49% and Haryana-46%.