Quality Council of India announces top 10 cities certified as ‘Open Defecation Free’

A toilet constructed at Ibrahimnagar in Siddipet mandal in Medak district
A toilet constructed at Ibrahimnagar in Siddipet mandal in Medak district.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which is otherwise known as Clean India Mission is a national level campaign which was introduced by the Indian Government to cover all the retrogressive statutory towns for ensuring cleanliness. This campaign includes the campaign for advancing sanitation programs in rural regions, cleaning lanes, streets and changing the framework of the nation to make it activist. On 2nd October 2014 which was the 145th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated this mission at Rajghat, New Delhi.

However, it is almost two years to the commencement of this mission and yet several changes and modifications are noticed in different regions of India. The committee called ‘Quality Council of India’ has kept on tracking and monitoring this mission all through India and recently, the QCI committee announced ten towns as Open Defecation Free (ODF).
Declaring this auspicious news, Urban Development Ministry of India said that, it targets to cover 974 cities under the tagline of Open Defection Free by next year. In this survey held by Quality Council of India’, total 141 cities from all over India have taken into account of which 100 alone are from Maharashtra.

Among ten states, five are from Maharashtra and rest five is from Telangana. Kagal, Panchgani, Vengurla, Murgud, and Panhala are five states that come under the area of Maharashtra while Siddipet, Shadnaga, Suryapet, Achampet, and Huzurnagar are from Telangana and all ten states simultaneously have been certified Open Defecation Free cities in India.

Excluding these ten cities in Maharashtra and Telangana, four other cities including Gandhidham, Navsari, Rapar and Mandavi from Gujarat are also claimed to ODF status in the survey. Apart from these towns, ten towns from West Bengal, six other cities from Telangana, three towns from Chhattisgarh, two from Manipur, and one from Rajasthan are expected to enroll in this survey.

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