CM declares Kerala open defecation free
A total of more than 1.90 lakh toilets are being constructed across the 941 gramma panchayats in the state
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has declared the state open defecation-free at a ceremony on Tuesday. A total of over 1.90 lakh toilets are being constructed across the 941 gram panchayats in the state, including in individual houses, located at critically challenged and hilly terrains, as part of the sanitation programme by the state government.
Suchitwa Mission, the state nodal agency for sanitation, which is implementing the plan, said work on 35 per cent of the toilets had already been completed and the state would achieve the new milestone.
Kerala becomes first high density populated state in the country to achieve Open Defecation Free status today on its formation day. pic.twitter.com/wZPzSCXJ7U
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) November 1, 2016
Kerala is the third state in India to be open defecation free after Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim, but the first big state, said Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor who tweeted from the ceremony.
Huge crowds watch Kerala CM @vijayanpinarayi declare the state OpenDefecationFree. 3rd after Himachal &Sikkim but 1st "big" state to qualify pic.twitter.com/A7niZkjBej
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 1, 2016
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