Swachh Bharat: Delhi leads in construction of public toilets

Delhi has built the highest number of community and public toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, followed by Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, while Gujarat topped in the individual household category.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 07, 2015, 19:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi has built the highest number of community and public toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission, followed by Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra, while Gujarat topped in the individual household category.

Delhi has completed construction of 5,776 community and public toilet seats since the launch of the mission in October last year, followed Chhattisgarh (3,570), Maharashtra (2,520), Chandigarh (2,424) and Karnataka (1,680).

These five states and Union Territories accounted for 86 per cent of the total number of public toilets constructed so far.

The government aims to build over 5 lakh community and public toilet seats under the mission and the Urban Development Ministry has sanctioned 82,438 so far.

On construction of household toilets, Gujarat tops the chart with 2,64,331 such facilities, followed by Madhya Pradesh (99,151). These two states together account for 94 per cent of the total 3.83 lakh individual household toilets built under the scheme so far, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra.

Applications have been received from the states and Union Territories for construction of 30,41,097 individual household toilets as against the target of one crore such lavatories by 2019. And the Urban Development Ministry has sanctioned 13,64,814 toilets.

The implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas picked momentum during the first three months of the current financial year.

Under the mission in urban areas, 17,411 community and public toilet seats have been constructed during April-June 2015 as against 1,222 built during October-March of the last financial year. In the first quarter of the current financial year, 1,13,000 individual household toilets have been built under the scheme.

The Urban Development Ministry has been regularly monitoring the programme having held three video-conferences with states and Union Territories last month.