Chhattisgarh: Very significantly, 10,000 toilets were built in ten days in Abahanpur development block of Chhattisgarh’s Raipur district under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani took part in ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ programmes in Kendri (Abhanpur development block) and Mandir Hasaud (Arang development block) villages of the district on Sunday.
She also congratulated local public representatives, officials and people for the achievement.
The work to construct toilets in 10,000 households in villages of Abhanpur block was started on September 7.
As per the officials, the entire block, which houses 91 gram panchayats, will be declared open defecation free (ODF) by next month.The union minister further said that clean India would be the best tribute people could pay to Mahatma Gandhi.
On the occasion, Irani inaugurated smart gram panchayat, smart anganwadi centre and smart school in a same premise in the village.There, the union minister also did shramdan (voluntary work) for the construction work of a toilet.Later, the union minister took part in ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ programme in Mandir Hasaud village.
Hailing the contribution of women in sanitation drive, Irani said, “I bow my head before all my sisters who wake up early at 4 in the morning and do patrolling in their villages while blowing whistle to stop open defecation and keep their surrounding clean.
The union minister also laid the foundation stone of development works to the tune of Rs 102 crore at Mandir Hasaud and also dedicated some public projects completed at a cost of Rs 44 crore in the area.