In a bid to ensure the success of government’s Cleanliness mission, the ministry of urban development has asked all the State governments to undertake an extensive audit of toilets in urban areas over the next fifteen days.
Officials said that the exercise will begin Wednesday under ‘Swacchata Pakwada’, to ensure that toilets which have been built under Swachh Bharat Mission are functional and fully used. Ministry has asked all the State governments to undertake an extensive audit of toilets in urban areas.
“In the action plan for the next fifteen days sent to State governments, they have been asked to reach out to community representatives for the effective audit of functioning of individual household toilets and community and household toilets by addressing the deficiencies including water availability, said a senior MoUD official.
In the exercise, States and cities have been asked to undertake at least two ‘triggering drives’ at the start of the fortnight and a week later mobilizing beneficiaries to take up construction of toilets. Foundation stones are to be laid for construction of community and public toilets which are at the tendering stage, added the official.
Apart from this, special camps will also be organized to clear payments due to the beneficiaries for the construction of individual household toilets. As a part of behavioral change communication, hoardings and posters of ‘Asli Tarakki’ campaign, prioritizing construction of toilets over other needs like owning a scooter or a TV set, will also be prominently and widely displayed during the fortnight.
Officials said that State and city administration have been advised to involve media while undertaking proposed activities for wider dissemination and for further motivating people towards sanitation practices.
A senior official said that the ministry of urban development will soon launch ‘Google Toilet Locator’ for the benefit of the people of the national capital region which helps in locating the nearest toilet for use.