Ludhiana: Bharti Foundation’s ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ initiative, which is aimed at improving rural household sanitation, today said that it has constructed and handed over 5000 Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHL) free of cost in 210 villages across District Ludhiana (Punjab). In addition, more than 1500 toilets are currently under construction in 64 additional villages.
The initiative, which was launched in August 2014 to contribute to Government of India’s National Mission of ‘Swachh Bharat’ has, so far, benefitted over 25,000 people through the construction of IHHL. Bharti Foundation aims to cover over 900 villages across Ludhiana District under the initiative and construct toilets free of cost in all households lacking such facilities. At the end of this program Ludhiana District will be left with no household without a toilet. The Foundation has committed an investment of up to Rs 100 crores for the initiative. The initiative is being supported by Bharti Airtel Limited and Bharti Infratel Limited.
In addition to rural household sanitation, the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ is also constructing toilets to improve sanitation facilities in Government schools in rural Ludhiana by building toilets for girls, wherever no such facility exists. Apart from providing sanitation facilities, the Foundation is also focused on bringing about a behavioral change through various sanitation campaigns spread over six states in India. Through this campaign over 41,000 children studying in 254 schools run by the Foundation have worked as agents of change to bring awareness amongst the local population.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said, “We are pleased to report the rapid progress the initiative is making and in particular the strong support it has received from the rural communities. The benefits and impact on the quality of life through this project are clearly visible on the ground. We remain fully committed to the program and are confident that within the next two years every rural household without a toilet in the district will be provided with one. In addition, we plan to provide separate toilet for girls in those Government schools across the District and make sure that the lack of this basic amenity is not a barrier for educating the girl child.”
The Foundation has engaged multiple partners to construct the toilets that will be durable and will require low maintenance. The Satya Bharti Abhiyan is being implemented in collaboration with State Government and local communities.