NEW DELHI

Bihar to construct 1.21 crore toilets by 2019

Pledging to construct 1.21 crore toilets over the next five years covering all households in Bihar, the State Government on Wednesday vowed to end the practice of defecation in open places by 2019 as a token of tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.

“As many as 40 lakh toilets have been constructed in Bihar under various State and Central schemes and 1.21 crore more toilets will be constructed over the next five years to ensure that the target of one toilet per household is met,” Public Health and Engineering Department (PHED) Minister Mahachandra Prasad Singh informed the State Assembly.

Replying to the debate on tardy pace of toilet construction in Bihar initiated by JD(U) MLA Izhar Ahmed, he said the practice of defecation in the open will be brought to an end after construction of 1.21 crore toilets covering each household by 2019 and it will be a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. - PTI

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