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2015-04-03

Government allocates Rs 32 crore for Clean Delhi campaign

The move is intended to construct 1,25,298 toilets in individual houses and 11,138 public facilities.

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, national campaign by the Government of India is now eyeing the capital city of India, Delhi by allocating Rs 32 crore to Delhi government as a part of its cleanliness drive.

The move is intended to construct 1,25,298 toilets in individual houses and 11,138 public facilities and implement solid waste management projects in three areas of the capital.

The allocation of the funds for Delhi in the total mission period is Rs 1,684.38 crore, of which the central share is Rs 209.6 crore.

"Though the central funds allocated for 2014-15 was Rs 24.24 crore, however on a request received from the Delhi government on March 27 this year, Rs 8 crore has been released to them as per their demand," said a senior Urban Development Ministry official.

"The ministry acted upon the Delhi government's request in the least possible time," added the official.

This campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The key objectives of the programme are: Construction of individual sanitary latrines for households below the poverty line, construction of exclusive village sanitary complexes for women providing facilities for hand pumping, bathing, sanitation and washing on a selective basis, total sanitation of villages through the construction of drains, soakage pits, solid and liquid waste disposal, etc.

This campaign aims to accomplish the vision of a 'Clean India' by 2 October 2019, the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It is expected to cost over Rs. 62000 crore. The campaign has been described as "beyond politics" and "inspired by patriotism".

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