1.36 Crore Toilets In 17 Months: Uttar Pradesh On A Toilet Building Spree To meet Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Target.
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country has come a long way since the inception of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Back in 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the cleanliness mission, the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh (UP) had only 35.20 per cent of sanitation coverage, but today, it stands at 97.82 per cent and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath plans to attain the open defecation free (ODF) tag this Rashtriya Swachhta Diwas – October 2, 2018. But until March 2018, UP was no where near its Swachh Bharat Abhiyan goals. In fact, the state was touted as one of the worst performers in the county in terms of sanitation. The state was such that Prime Minister Modi had to intervene and urge the state government to make Swachh Bharat mission a mass movement. PM Modi even suggested the four states i.e., Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir to decentralise the process and form teams at the district level to monitor progress. He also asked the collectors of the four states to take a lesson or two from other states who are doing well in terms of sanitation and create a clean and green India.
According to the data available on government portal – Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), till today, 1.7 crore (1,67,96,324) Individual Household Toilets (IHHL) have been constructed in the rural areas of the state. With this, till today, 58,982 villages, 29,295 gram panchayats, 116 blocks and 10 districts have been declared ODF.