Urban Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh now free from open defecation

Urban Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh now free from open defecation

New Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) A total of 180 cities and towns in Gujarat, including Mahatma Gandhi’s home district Porbandar, and 110 cities and towns in Andhra Pradesh were on Gandhi Jayanti on Sunday declared free from open defecation.

Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Naredra Singh Tomar and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani made the announcement at Porbandar, while Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu made the declaration during the Gandhi Jayanti programme in Tirupati.

Addressing the Porbandar programme through a video-link, Minister of Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu said: “Declaration of Porbandar district and other areas as Open Defecation-Free is an interim gift to Mahatma on the occasion of his birth anniversary today. The final gift of Swachh Bharat would be presented to Gandhiji on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary on October 2, 2019.”

During the Gandhi birth anniversary celebration at Tirupati, Chandrababu Naidu urged the people to become “Swachhagrahis” to make the country free from poor hygiene in the spirit of ‘Satyagrahis’ who won political freedom for the country under the leadership of the Mahatma.

He said that an amount of Rs 186 crore has been sanctioned for Andhra Pradesh for schemes of solid waste management in urban areas.

Naidu released a book “In the Footsteps of Mahatma: Gandhi and Sanitation” authored by Sudarshan Iyangar, a veteran Gandhian.

The Chief Minister also released a postal stamp on ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.

So far, 405 cities and towns are said to have become free from open defecation along with 20,000 of the 82,000 urban wards in the country. Another 334 cities and towns are slated to end the open defecation practice by March, 2017.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other northeastern states are on course to declare all urban areas as ‘Open Defecation-Free’ soon.


  1. Only urban area of ‘Gujarat model’ is free from defecation? What happened to ‘Toilets before temples’ of PM Modi’s slogan in rural Gujarat?
    Modi’s Swachch Abhiyan became Cruel Joke on Manual Scavengers in urban areas. They want Dalits to life the dead carcass to manual scavenging.

    Gujarat is turning ‘Ghore raat’ for Dalits and adivasi of model state. Hope Arnab Goswami will not depict saying that was just tabloid sticking to their linen for drama.

    Anyway Andhra Pradesh stands better from IT to open defecation. congratulation Mr.Naidu and citizens of Andhra for this great achievement. It is great tribute to Father of nation on his birth anniversary.

    Jai Hind

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    This is part of ‘Gujarat model’. If one visit PM Modi’s own constituency a temple city ‘Varanasi’ they reality is much worst than Gujarat.

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    Is stolen ‘Gandhi goggles’ will ever see the discrimination? What happened to ‘Swacch abhiyan’? If ‘Moral police’ can keep the vigil on every cow carrying trucks,why can’t they the trash?

    Jai Hind

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