Target to make the city open-defecation free by Aug 15


Nashik: After achieving the target given to Nashik Municipal Corporation for construction of toilets for individuals under central government’s Swachhata Abhiyan, Municipal Commissioner Abhishek Krishna instructed health department to complete the target given in second phase by August 15. After achievement of the target, the city will become open-defecation free. Following this work, NMC administration will take efforts to bring name of Nashik among top ten cities in index of cleanest cities.

Central government has undertaken a work to construct individual and common toilets for citizens across the country under the Swachhata Abhiyan started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A grant of Rs. 12,000 for construction of individual toilet and common toilet is given by the central government.

A target was given for construction of individual and common toilets in slum and gavthan area under Nashik Municipal Corporation. NMC achieved the target of construction of 6,547 individual toilets in first phase, whereas it failed to achieve the target for construction of common toilets due to shortage of land. As a measure for this, it was decided to make arrangement of mobile toilets in those areas which were surveyed by health department. In this way, first phase was completed in March.

Now, as per instructions of the central government, NMC has been given a target of 718 individual toilets in second phase. Half of the target has been achieved. Divisional officers have been ordered to complete this target by August 15. Health department is taking efforts to make the city open-defecation free. So far, NMC has succeeded in making six big slum areas in the city open-defecation free. In addition, a good morning squad is functioning to curb defecation in the open, informed health officer Dr. Sunil Bukane.