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Haryana’s Karnal city declared as ODF

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Haryana’s Karnal city has been declared as open defecation free. The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) on behalf of Union Ministry of Urban Development has issued a certificate declaring Karnal (urban) as ODF after conducting a third party inspection.

A special drive had been carried out since April 2017 to make Karnal (urban) free from open defecation, said a spokesman of Municipal Corporation.

He said that initially, such areas as were more vulnerable to open defection were identified. These included open spaces across the both sides of railway track passing through Karnal, slums near sector-32, 33 and the outer areas of the city.

Team of motivators and associate volunteers were deployed in these areas to make the people aware about the adverse effect of open defection. Apart from this, the officials of the Corporation were also entrusted with the task of visiting such areas personally and submit report on daily basis, he added.

He said that with a view to meet the requirements of people especially those migrated from Bihar and other states, ten portable mobile and 88 CC toilets were made available in various slums in the city.  Apart from this, 2140 families who did not have household toilets were provided grants to enable them construct individual toilets.

He said as a result of the efforts made by the motivators, about 600 families residing in slums arranged low cost temporary toilets for their own use..

The spokesman said that a team of CPWD officials visited all ODF related sites in Karnal and completed the verification of documents on September 7.

The CPWD had submitted its report to Directorate of Swachh Bharat Mission. Now, finally Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has declared urban areas of Karnal free from open defecation.  This has become possible only with the all out effort made by Municipal Corporation, motivators and associated volunteers. Regular surveillance would be conducted to sustain the ODF status of the city, he added.

Recently, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal had directed the deputy commissioners to expedite works in the urban areas falling in their respective districts so that all the urban areas of the state could be declared ODF by September 25. 




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