Karnataka

Sixty-four wards are ‘open defecation-free’

As many as 64 out of 65 municipal wards in Mysuru have been declared “open defecation-free”.

One of the aims of the Swachh Bharat Mission is to rid the cities of open defecation in five years (by October 2, 2019).

The Mysuru City Corporation had the onus of freeing the wards in its limits from open defecation and it recently secured declaration on the extent of use of toilets by children in schools and in the households besides the residents from the respective wards.

The declaration was presented to the council of the MCC at its meeting on April 26.

Barring Kalpavruksha Nagar in Ward No 48, the remaining 64 wards in nine zones had been proposed for declaring them “open defecation-free” which was announced in the council. The council passed a resolution.

The residents who have objections to the claims of the MCC can submit their objections and suggestions by May 15 to the Commissioner, MCC.

When Swachh Bharat Mission Director (Rural) Nipun Vinayak was in Mysuru in January this year to attend the Indian Science Congress, he had said that the construction of toilets had seen a quantum leap and the target set in its first year had exceeded by 446 per cent.

The Centre aims to build 12 crore toilets by October 2, 2019 under the mission to realise the vision of making India free from open defecation, Mr. Vinayak had said. The MCC will now focus on the lone ward that is still not free from open defecation and make it “open defecation-free”.

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