In a Central government news update, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu described the Swachh Bharat Mission as the mother of all new Missions launched by the Central Government given its unique nature. He briefed media persons on the occasion of completion of one year since the launch of this Mission.
Elaborating on the features and objectives of the Mission, Shri Naidu said, “Swachh Bharat initiative is different from others in the sense that this targets the minds of the people while others seek to meet the needs already felt in the minds of the people. To put it differently, while other initiatives are largely demand driven, Swachh Bharat Mission aims at creating demand for sanitary services and infrastructure. A Clean India is the most profound statement that the county can make to the world which is keenly watching us in the context of various initiatives launched during the last over one year”.
The Minister said that since the launch of the Mission in October last year by the Prime Minister, people across the country and age groups have been inspired by the philosophy and objectives of the Mission and this is the major achievement of the last one year. To further reinforce and consolidate behavioral changes, an intensive campaign has been launched on 25th of last month and will continue till March next year to propel people into action for cleanliness and intensive cleanliness drive will be taken up in 11 thematic areas, Shri Naidu informed. Thematic areas to be covered include : Agricultural and grain markets, Religious and tourism places, Educational institutions, Resident Welfare Associations, Under passes and fly overs, Cantonment Boards, Water bodies and recreation places, Hospitals, Old cities and Government offices.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu informed that physical performance in respect of Mission targets in urban areas over the last one year has been encouraging. He said that based on reports received till August this year, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab, Chattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana have performed well in respect of construction of individual household toilets.
Shri Naidu informed that as against the target of construction of 25 lakh household toilets in urban areas till March, 2016, construction of 16.45 lakh toilets has been taken up and 4.65 lakh toilets have already been built. He noted that in major states like UP, Bihar and Tamil Naidu is still to pick up momentum. The Minister expressed confidence that the target in this regard will be met.
Shri Naidu stated that toilet construction is still to begin in five UTs of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Delhi and four North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura besides Kerala and Tamil Naidu.
Referring to the enthusiasm on the part of several states, Shri Naidu said that over and above the central assistance of Rs.4,000 per construction of each toilet in urban areas, 13 states are providing additional assistance in the range of Rs.4,000 to Rs.13,000.
Regarding construction of community and public toilets in urban areas, Shri Naidu informed that as against the target of building one lakh toilet seats by March,2016, construction of 94,653 toilet seats has been taken up and 24,233 seats have already been built and the rest in progress.
Stating that Solid Waste Management is the largest component of the Mission in urban areas, Shri Naidu said that till August this year, 100% door to door collection of municipal solid waste has been reported in 31,593 of the total 78,003 wards in urban areas of the country and the mission is on course to achieve the target of door to door collection of 50% of solid waste by March,2016. Regarding processing of solid waste, as against the target of processing of 35% of 1,42,580 tonnes of solid waste being generated every day in urban areas, 17.34% is being processed at the moment.
Giving instances of good performance by some urban local bodies, Shri Naidu informed that Surat and Morbi in Gujarat have already met the Mission targets of construction of 6,634 and 3,028 individual toilets already. Ahmedabad and Mahisagar, also in Gujarat are very close to meeting the Mission targets of construction of 22,562 and 3,028 toilets.
In respect of solid waste management, Chandigarh leads the list of good performers with 100% processing followed by Meghalaya (58%), Delhi(52%), Kerala and Manipur(50%), Telanagana(48%), Karnataka(34%) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands(30%).
Ahmedabad (64 wards), Surat(38), Mahisagar(27) and Morbi(14 wards), all in Gujarat and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (30 wards) have reported 100% door to door collection of solid waste in all the wards.
Under Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas, construction of 1.04 crore household toilets and 5.28 lakh community and public toilet seats besides 100% door to door collection of solid waste and its scientific disposal are envisaged at a total cost of Rs.66,009 cr. The Ministry of Urban Development has so far released Rs.1.038. 72 cr to 30 States and Union Territories. Five UTs of A & N Islands, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Lakshdweep besides Manipur are still to be released funds.
Shri Venakaiah Naidu gave details of various measures taken by the Central Government to enable effective implementation of the Mission including policy support under consideration to promote conversion of solid waste into compost and energy and procurement of power generated from such waste. Shri Naidu also gave details of initiatives being taken by States, individuals and organizations under the spirit of Swachh Bharat Mission.
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