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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM (IST)

Swachh Bharat: Ahmedgarh declared ‘open defecation free’

Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 16

All localities falling under the jurisdiction of the local Municipal Council have been declared “open defecation free” (ODF) under the Swachh Bharat Scheme of the Union Government. The ODF status was accorded to the town on the basis of a report submitted by the authorities concerned following a third party inspection held recently.

The civic body had to facilitate construction of 122 individual household toilets during the past four years, besides providing facilities to ease at public places in order to figure among a few municipalities declared ODF till now.

The Municipal Council president, Suraaj Mohammad, appreciated efforts of civic body officials led by executive officer Gurdeep Singh Bhogal, which led to declaration of the municipality as the open defecation free recently.

Acknowledging coordinated efforts of the technical staff and employees of the Sanitary Department of the Municipal Council, Suraaj Mohammad said members of the third party inspection team had found all the nine designated habitations completely free from open defecation.

The inspected units include residential localities, markets, public places and educational institutes.

Perusal of records revealed that a mixed population of 36,000 in the town was governed through 17 wards. Though there is no community toilet, there are 18 public lavatories for residents and visitors at various localities.

Shortlisted on random basis Mohalla Amarpura, Guru Nanak Nagar Mohalla, the Jagera road area, the New Gaushala area, Main Bazar, Sadar Bazar, bus stand and two schools were declared completely ODF.

The former municipal council president, Ravinder Puri, and former senior vice-president Sweety Kakria said the achievement would further facilitate enhancement and improvement of hygiene and sanitation in the town as more grants would be sanctioned under the Swachh Bharat Movement.

Office-bearers and activists of social and educational organisations should be involved for spreading awareness on cleanliness among masses, they added.

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