Gujarat leads in implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) during 2014-15
Gujarat stood in the top by constructing 60percent of the household toilets built in the entire country. The state also leads the Municipal Solid Waste Management segment by achieving 100percent collection and transportation of municipal solid waste in 120 of the 195 towns.
Union Ministry of Urban Development’s assessment of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) implementation released on 03 April 2015 placed Gujarat as the top performing state/Union Territory (UT) for 2014-15 financial year.
Gujarat constructed 60 percent of the household toilets built in the entire country.
Implementation of SBM during 2014-15
Under the mission, 900 crore rupees has been sanctioned by the ministry and an amount of about 700 crore rupees has been released to States/UTs based on proposals received during the period.
Household toilets: In the country 270069 household toilets were constructed during the period. Out of this, Gujarat alone accounted for 60 percent of them having built 165376. Madhya Pradesh has constructed 99151 household toilets and is followed by Karnataka with 4697.
Community toilets: A total of 1222 community toilet seats have been in the entire country. Odisha is ahead of others having constructed 740 seats during the period. Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported construction of 200 and Karnataka has built 100 community toilet seats.
Municipal Solid Waste Management: In the country 329 of the 4041 statutory towns have reported 100 percent collection and transportation of municipal solid waste. Gujarat leads in this segment also having reported 100 percent collection and transportation of municipal solid waste in 120 of the 195 towns. Odisha stood in the second position by doing so in respect of 107 towns followed by Karnataka in 40 towns.
About Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)
SBM was launched on 2 October 2014 with the objective of ensuring cleanliness in all the 4041 statutory cities and towns of the country by 2 October 2019 which marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Construction of toilets is accorded priority under the Mission to enable open defecation free urban areas.
The mission is to be implemented at a total cost of 62009 crore rupees with a targeted construction of 1.04 crore household toilets, 2.51 lakh community toilet seats and 2.55 lakh public toilet seats besides assisting 37 crore urban people in solid waste management.