East Delhi is now recognised by the Quality Council of India (QCI) as Open Defecation Free. Seventeen areas falling under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) were surveyed and examined by QCI on the 19th and 20th of March to provide the final approval on ODF declaration. The inspection was held after EDMC sent an application to MoHUA for the same. QCI is appointed by the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry (MoHUA) to inspect an area for open defecation. Delhi has also significantly improved its scores in Swachh Survekshan by moving from a rank of 338 last year to the rank of 240 this year.

For being declared ODF, an urban local civic body should comply with multiple Swachh Bharat Mission protocols, the primary protocol being that no individual should defecate in the open, at any given time and place of the day. The Trans- Yamuna river area belonging to the eastern part of Delhi was surveyed which included residential areas, slum areas and government schools. Some of these localities include Dilshad Garden, Shahadara and Shastri Park. During the course of the inspection, no cases of open defecation or evidence of human excreta lying in the open were perceived.

The EMDC Commissioner Diljit Kaur appreciated the efforts of the NGO, Resident Welfare Association (RWA) along with a few organizations in conducting awareness drives in support of making the city clean, green and free of open defecation. She acknowledged the corporation for its initiatives to make the city clean and thereby forfeiting the milestone of ODF. The efforts majorly included installation of mobile toilets in problematic areas by keeping a thorough check on the existence of public toilets within a particular area.

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