New Delhi: Vedanta Group firm Hindustan Zinc today said it has completed construction of 10,000 of the proposed 40,000 toilets in rural villages of Rajasthan.
Hindustan Zinc (HZL), one of the largest global producers of zinc, lead and silver has joined the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has announced launching special drives at all its locations and surroundings.
"Taking forward Swachh Bharat campaign, Hindustan Zinc under the 'Maryadaa' programme is constructing 30,000 toilets out of which 10,000 have already been constructed. Once we complete our initial target, 80 villages will become open defecation free in Rajasthan," HZL spokesperson Pavan Kaushik said.
HZL said the villages which have become open defecation free with construction of toilets including Maton, Rela, Nevatalai, Chanawda, Dabok, Bansen and Parasrampura in the vicinity of Maton Mines, Zawar Mines, Zinc Smelter Debari Mines, Chittorgarh and Rampura Agucha Mines.
The company said the villagers required a great amount of persuasion and counselling for construction and use of toilets and importantly to maintain them amicably.
Vedanta Group Chief Anil Agarwal, who had recently announced giving away 75 per cent of his family's wealth for the good of the society, has asked his business locations to conduct a special cleanliness drive.
"Vedanta 'Maryadaa' campaign joins Prime Minister's call for Swachh Bharat. Special drive at Vedanta premises, colony and within community," the 61-year old chairman of the diversified conglomerate had tweeted.
The company's operations in India are located in Rajasthan, Chattisgarh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Punjab. At most of the locations, Vedanta has developed its townships for employees.
PM's Massive Mission to achieve 'Swachh Bharat' by 2019 is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
Under Vedanta's 'Maryadaa' campaign, Vedanta Group Company Hindustan Zinc is constructing 30,000 toilets in rural Rajasthan in collaboration with the state government.
The company is also looking at signing an MoU to add another 10,000 toilets.
Vedanta's another company in Tamil Nadu in copper business (Sterlite Copper) has already constructed 183 toilets in the rural area.
According to the reports by UNICEF, only 48 per cent of Indian rural population has good toilet and sanitation facilities.