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Two Districts of Uttarakhand declared open defecation free

Uttarkashi and Nainital have been pronounced open defecation free (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Mission after more than 36,000 toilets were built in both locales in the current financial year.

Since April 1, 2016, 10,821 toilets have been built by the Uttarkashi region organisation in houses that did not have toilets. “We achieved the 100% target on November 8, All houses in Uttarkashi now have functional toilets,” said Dipendra Chaudhary, region justice (DM) Uttarkashi.

The area organisation has likewise introduced portable toilets for workers chipping away at Gangotri and Yamnotri national parkways, Chaudhary said.

As indicated by a study in 2012, 18,561 of 62,525 houses in the area did not have toilets. From 2012 to April 2016, 7,740 toilets were manufactured while 10,821 stayed to be fabricated. "We marked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with all Gram Pradhans in the area to guarantee the development of toilets in all houses in their separate panchayats. A rundown of houses without toilets was imparted to them," said Chaudhary.

Nainital was likewise proclaimed open defecation free after 26,000 toilets were worked since April 1, 2016, in the locale. Conversing with TOI, Nainital DM Deepak Rawat stated “There are eight blocks in Nainital district and Ramgarh block was announced open defecation free in June 2016. We deputed one officer to each block to motivate people to construct toilets.”

Image Courtesy – Amit Sah /Source-timesofindia

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