4,327 urban local bodies declared open defecation free

4,327 urban local bodies declared open defecation free under Swachh Bharat Mission

The government has mapped over 59,900 public toilet blocks across 2,900+ cities which are searchable today on Google Maps

A total of 1,319 cities have been certified as ODF+, and 489 cities have been certified ODF++ in the country so far, said Hardeep Singh Puri. Credit: PTI file photo.

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has said since the launch Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) in 2014, a total of 4,327 urban local bodies have been declared open defecation-free (ODF) in the country.

A total of 1,319 cities have been certified as ODF+ (Open Defecation Free Plus) and 489 cities have been certified ODF++ (Open Defecation Free Plus Plus) in the country so far, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in his addressing an event through video conference.

ODF+ and ODF++ are aimed towards proper maintenance of toilet facilities and safe collection and disposal.

While ODF+ focuses on toilets with water, maintenance and hygiene, ODF++ focuses on toilets with sludge and septage management.

To ensure accessible of public sanitation facility to every citizen, the government has mapped over 59,900 public toilet blocks across 2,900+ cities which are searchable today on Google Maps till the date.

So far over 62 lakh individual household toilets and over 5.9 lakh community/ public toilets have been constructed, the Minister said.