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115 Indian cities declared open defecation-free

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A total of 115 cities have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) under Swachh Bharat Mission in India (Urban) so far, according to a latest report of the Ministry for Urban Development and Housing.

This information was provided by Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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As per the report, 2.26 million individual household toilets and 93,985 seats of Community/Public toilets have been constructed against the Mission period target of 10.4 million and 507,000 respectively.

Out of total 82,609 wards, 39,376 have been covered with 100% door-to-door collection of municipal solid waste, reports said.

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The minister added that Gujarat and Chandigarh had already exceeded mission target in respect of construction of household toilets.

As against, the five year mission target of construction of over 406,388 toilets in Gujarat and 6,117 toilets in Chandigarh, 506,567 toilets in Gujarat and 18,950 toilets in Chandigarh have been built so far.

Other lead performers in respect of construction of household toilets include, Uttar Pradesh- 246,484, Tamil Nadu- 236,168, Madhya Pradesh- 211,734 and Andhra Pradesh- 205,772, the minister informed.

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