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Swachh Bharat Abhiyan completes one year…

Regarding construction of community and public toilets in urban areas, Shri Naidu informed that as against the target of building one lakh toilet seats by March,2016, construction of 94,653 toilet seats has been taken up and 24,233 seats have already been built and the rest in progress.

Stating that Solid Waste Management is the largest component of the Mission in urban areas, Shri Naidu said that till August this year, 100% door to door collection of municipal solid waste has been reported in 31,593 of the total 78,003 wards in urban areas of the country and the mission is on course to achieve the target of door to door collection of 50% of solid waste by March,2016. Regarding processing of solid waste, as against the target of processing of 35% of 1,42,580 tonnes of solid waste being generated every day in urban areas, 17.34% is being processed at the moment.

Giving instances of good performance by some urban local bodies, Shri Naidu informed that Surat and Morbi in Gujarat have already met the Mission targets of construction of 6,634 and 3,028 individual toilets already. Ahmedabad and Mahisagar, also in Gujarat are very close to meeting the Mission targets of construction of 22,562 and 3,028 toilets.

In respect of solid waste management, Chandigarh leads the list of good performers with 100% processing followed by Meghalaya (58%), Delhi(52%), Kerala and Manipur(50%), Telanagana(48%), Karnataka(34%) and Andaman & Nicobar Islands(30%).

Ahmedabad (64 wards), Surat(38), Mahisagar(27) and Morbi(14 wards), all in Gujarat and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (30 wards) have reported 100% door to door collection of solid waste in all the wards.

Under Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas, construction of 1.04 crore household toilets and 5.28 lakh community and public toilet seats besides 100% door to door collection of solid waste and its scientific disposal are envisaged at a total cost of Rs.66,009cr. The Ministry of Urban Development has so far released Rs.1.038. 72cr to 30 States and Union Territories. Five UTs of A & N Islands, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Lakshdweep besides Manipur are still to be released funds.

Venakaiah Naidu gave details of various measures taken by the Central Government to enable effective implementation of the Mission including policy support under consideration to promote conversion of solid waste into compost and energy and procurement of power generated from such waste. Shri Naidu also gave details of initiatives being taken by States, individuals and organizations under the spirit of Swachh Bharat Mission.

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