The Uttar Pradesh government on 3 October 2017 stated that it has built over 3.52 lakh toilet units in 17 days under the Centre's Swachhta hi Seva campaign thereby, topping other states in the effort.
According to an official statement, the toilets were constructed between 15 September and 2 October.
Following UP in the effort is Rajasthan, which constructed around 2, 54,953 toilets and then Karnataka, which built around 2, 41,708 toilets in the same period.
Overall, almost 18, 24,549 toilets were constructed across states, according to a statement issued by the office of chief secretary Rajive Kumar.
The statement also added that nagar panchayat Sahanpur in Bijnore district was declared open defecation free by the Centre on 4 September. Further, it said that the state government has requested the Centre to declare 12 nagar panchayats and other local bodies of the state open-defecation free following a third party inspection.
Besides this, the chief secretary has instructed officials to speed up the work, so that 653 urban local bodies of the state could be declared open- defecation free by May 2019. Instructions have also been issued to raise the amount given for construction of personal toilets from Rs 8,000 to Rs 20,000 under urban local bodies.