Swachh Bharat report card: In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dream to make Urban India Open defecation free with 100 percent scientific solid waste management. He started the movement of Swachh Bharat Mission.
With the initial goal of the movement attained successfully, the government has decided to take the movement to the next phase. According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban, in the next phase, the Abhiyan will aim to ensure safe containment, transportation, and disposal of Fecal sludge and septage from toilets.
The Ministry also stated that the government’s priority will be that there is the proper treatment of wastewater before disposal to water bodies and the maximum possible reuse of water.
Swachh Bharat Mission progress
After its launch in 2014, Swachh Bharat Mission Urban has made significant progress in areas of sanitation and solid waste management. Over 4324 urban bodies have been declared as open defecation free. It is made possible through the construction of over 66 lakhs individual household toilets and over 6 lakhs commodity or public toilets.
It far exceeds the mission target, a statement said. Also, almost 59,900 toilets over 2900 cities had been made live on Google maps.
If we talk about solid waste management, 96 percent of houses have door to door waste collection and about 66 percent of the total waste generated is being processed. That is 4 times more from total waste processing in 2014 which was only 18% only by then.
The government also highlighted that a total of 6 cities that are Indore, Ambikapur, Navi Mumbai, Surat, Rajkot, and Mysuru are rated as 5 -star cities, 86 cities as 3-star and 64 cities as 1-star, as per MoHUA’s star rating protocol for garbage-free cities.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs said that around more than five years ago our Prime Minister Narendra Modi had seen a dream of open defecation free urban India. And even citizen of urban India has come together to make that dream a proud reality. We are immensely proud of the work every worker has done.
He also showed his concern about the safety of the sanitation workers and frontline workers. He assured that there will be the provision of adequate safety gear and mechanical equipment for the sanitation workers will be paid maximum attention in the next phase of the mission.