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Indore: People, government need to join hands to ensure long-term success of ODF

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Indore has got the distinction of being an open defecation free city following a survey conducted by a Central government team. RADHIKA KHANDELWAL and HINA KAGDE talk to people to gauge their reaction on whether this is going to be a long-term tag.

“I think that the government has taken a responsible step towards open defecation free (ODF) system in India. Unfortunately, people here have to be taught the importance of toilets and proper sanitation, which is quite embarrassing. I believe this will work till the time Modiji is in power and hopefully people will get used to it later on and follow the same system.”

Sherin Dubey, 19, Engineering Student

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“According to me it depends more on awareness of people as how they react to such things around them. The IMC is doing a great job. Continued efforts are being made in order to make Indore a clean global city and by seeing all this I think it may last for long.”

Vijay Oswal, 44, Director

“I think it is a positive approach and a good start towards making Indore a Smart City. But I think Indore has not been completely free from open defecation. Still there are people who are unaware and don’t care about such things. A little bit of awareness and sincerity is needed to make this system last for long.”

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Sunita Soni, 57, Tutor

“Our city has been declared as open defecation free and for this we must definitely congratulate the local authorities, who are working very hard since long. Now it’s our duty to maintain this for a long time and for this we need to educate people and spread more awareness.”

Sanjay Khandelwal, 52, Engineer

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“I think local authority is doing an excellent job. They are trying their level best to improve the condition of the city. And now it depends on people and their thinking. Every individual should take an initiative to bring a change in our society. Government is trying its level best.”

Saloni Jain, 25, HR/Admin

“This initiative is beneficial but I think it is for a short term period. There is no proper implementation of the project. The condition of toilets that have been erected or constructed appears to be of poor quality and may not be usable for long.”

Sandhya Kagde, 52, Teacher

“It really doesn’t matter whether this decision is for a short or long-term period as long as it helps citizens of Indore. Studies and research say that Indore is cleaner than before which is good. Government and we as a team could make this initiative successful. In my views it will stay for a long span of time.”

Manas Kagde, 23, Software Engineer

“I feel it will definitely be a long term plan. But Indore can be open defecation free for a long term only if the IMC and Indoreans collaborate and work hand in hand otherwise no initiative would last long. In other words we as a citizen should contribute equally to this initiative taken by the government.”

Gautam Tungare, 31, HR Head

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Published on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 11:44 AM IST
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