New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said that the civic bodies of the national capital will achieve their physical target of constructing 5 lakhs community and 67 lakhs individual household toilets by the end of 2019.
Speaking after inaugurating a workshop on “Swachh Survekshan-2019” for the municipal bodies of the national capital city here today, he said, “So far as the Open Defecation Free (ODF) target was concerned, it required the behavioral change of the public at large in rural and urban areas of the country.”
The workshop on “Swachh Survekshan-2019”, organized by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in collaboration with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, was attended by delegates from all the three civic bodies and Delhi Cantonment Board.
Hardeep Puri said that the behavior change had many aspects like gender empowerment, the dignity of the girl child, and green and clean cities envisioned under the Swachh Bharat Mission. He said, in addition to the construction of toilets, more attention and efforts are required in respect of the scientific processing of solid waste Management. He said the Swachhta Mission has now become a mass movement.
The Minister appreciated that the NDMC has bagged the first position in the category of cities of 1-3 Lakh population and overall fourth position in the country and hoped that it would get the overall first position in the forthcoming Swachhta Survekshan-2019.
Hardeep Puri said that under the Smart City initiatives, the NDMC had achieved many milestones by commissioning various projects like Wi-Fi, Smart Poles, Solar Tree and Ideation Centre at Connaught Place.