Friday, February 19, 2016

Odisha determined to make the Swachh Bharat Mission a success

Disappointed at not finding a place in the list of clean cities, Odisha is determined to make the Swachh Bharat Mission a resounding success. Therefore, the state government has asked central public sector units (PSUs) and industrial houses to adopt urban local areas to implement the Swachh Bharat Mission.
This has been reported in dated 19 February 2016.
The aim is to reach cleanliness by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Towards this, the state government wants the organizations to build latrines to eliminate open defecation while the government would also build public toilets at bus stands, railway stations, markets and other places.
Moreover, the management of municipal solid waste generated in urban local bodies, creation of public awareness about sanitation and linking it to public health in order to avoid epidemics such as malaria, dengue, swine flu and jaundice are also on the anvil.
The government wants Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited to adopt the Puri Municipality, while NALCO and IDCO should adopt Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and the NTPC to take over Talcher.
The state government has also tapped into the private sector and asked the Tata Steel, Jindal Steel and Power Limited, Odisha Stevedores Limited, JK Paper Mills, Tata Sponge Iron Limited, Paradip Phosphate Limited and other companies to support the initiatives.

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