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4,480 villages along Ganga declared ODF

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

All 4,480 villages on the banks of have been declared open defecation free (ODF) under 'Namami Gange' initiative, Union minister Singh Tomar said today.

The announcement was made at the 'Ganga Gram Sammelan' held at in Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati and Chief Minister were also present at the event.


The 4,480 ODF villages are in the five states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal.

Tomar also launched a model Ganga Gram initiative under which 24 Namami Gange villages have been identified in the first phase, Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation said in an official statement.

Out of these 24 villages -- three are in Uttarakhand, ten in Uttar Pradesh, four in Bihar, five in and two in West Bengal.

Ganga Gram is a joint initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Water Resources. Under this programme, gram pradhans of the 24 villages were administered oath for achieving the goal of 'Adarsh Ganga Gram'.

The initiative focuses on better cleanliness and infrastructure facilities like solid and liquid waste management, rejuvenation of ponds and water sources, water conservation projects, organic farming and convergence with other government departments and projects, the statement said.

Speaking on the occasion, Adityanath stressed on his government's commitment to make the entire ODF by December 2018.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 22:57 IST
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