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BBMP declares all 198 wards as ‘Open Defecation Free’

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Will accept objections from citizens up to January 14

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has issued a public notice declaring areas under its jurisdiction as ‘Open Defecation Free’. The notice has been issued after approval from the BBMP council recently.

BBMP's Special Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) D. Randeep told The Hindu that until now, none of the 198 wards in the city had been declared free of open defecation. “We have just initiated the process. Once we receive objections, we will go to the field to check where the gaps exist, where the nearest public toilet is, whether the applications for household toilets have been processed.,” he said.

It is only after this initial process is completed that the BBMP can apply for certification from the Quality Control of India, which will submit its report to the Centre.

Just initiating the process of declaring the 198 wards as being Open Defecation Free (ODF) will earn 25 points under the Swachh Bharat Mission. In 2016, the city scored a zero in the category, as no part of the city was declared open defecation free. In 2017, the BBMP was able to declare 109 wards as ODF.

As per the Swachh Bharat Mission standard for cities with a floating population of more than five lakh, there should be one toilet seat for every 100 men and two toilet seats for every 100 women. According to a survey by the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, nearly 85% of all public toilets are in the core city areas. The study also showed that the city needs at least 1,100 public toilet complexes.

The BBMP has already found gaps in a few wards in the outer zones. Mr. Randeep said there is a need for more public toilets in Mahadevapura and Bellandur wards, which are large in terms of area. “The city has a total of 613 toilets (public and community). Around 40 will be constructed over the next couple of months,” he said.

Sources in the BBMP said according to the Swachh Bharat Mission criteria, the civic body can issue a public notice only after approval from the council. The BBMP has now invited objections from the public. Objections may be submitted till January 14, 2019. Citizens can submit their objections to the Joint Commissioner (Solid Waste Management), 2nd Floor, Annexe Building 02, Central Office, N.R. Square, Bengaluru 560002, email jcswmbbmp2@gmail.com.

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