New Delhi : Will Mumbai commuters traveling daily by the locals vouch for no more being witness to ugly scenes of open defecation?

At least, they should believe Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, putting Maharashtra among five states on Monday declared “open defecation free” so far as their cities and towns are concerned.

Four other states getting the classification, in addition to the previously declared Kerala, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, are Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Jharkhand – all ruled by the ruling BJP.

Puri made the announcement at a programme addressed by Prime Minister Modi here to mark the third anniversary of the Swachchh Bharat Mission that was launched three years ago on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “Open defecation free” programme is part of this mission.

The minister also disclosed that 38 lakh toilets have been built and construction of another 14 lakh is in progress as against the target of 66 lakh individual household toilets in the urban areas. So far as the community and public toilet seats are concerned, over two lakh have been built as against the mission target of five lakh.

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