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Gadwal to construct 85k toilets to reach Swachh Bharat target

Gadwal to construct 85k toilets to reach Swachh Bharat target
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The Jogulamba-Gadwal district is lagging far behind in reaching reach the Open Defection-Free (ODF) targets set by the Central government, as the district has only 15,000 toilets amongst its 93,000 households.

Gadwal: The Jogulamba-Gadwal district is lagging far behind in reaching reach the Open Defection-Free (ODF) targets set by the Central government, as the district has only 15,000 toilets amongst its 93,000 households.

As the Central government is planning to declare India as a ODF country by October 2, 2018 as part of its Swachh Bharat programme, Akshay Kumar Raut, Chief of ODF Mission, while speaking with District Collectors through video conference, asked them focus on reaching the targets by next year.

“It is a good sign that majority of the districts in Telangana have been working on a war foot to construct toilets. I am happy to know that even some of the villages in the State have been already declared ODF. I am hopeful the same spirit will be carried forward and very soon we will reach the Swachh Bharat targets,” observed Raut.

Speaking on the occasion, District Collector Rajat Kumar Saini said, “Out of 93,000 households, the district is having only 15,000 toilets. Of the 15,000 toilets, 7,000 were built by individual families themselves, while 8,000 have been constructed by the government.

We have set a huge target of constructing 85,000 toilets, for which extensive survey is going on and we are planning to begin the construction of toilets on war foot.”

To further promote the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Collectors have been directed to promote the Swachh Bharat programme on the occasion of ‘World Toilet Day’ on November 19, and encourage students to take part in essay writing and elocution competitions.

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