odf: Purulia The only urban area in India not yet obtained ODF status: Government | India News

NEW DELHI: Purulia in West Bengal is the only urban area (statutory city), which has not yet achieved “open defecation (ODF) status” in the country even as the Center has deployed the second Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) phase to make areas under the authority of Urban Local Authorities free in five years. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday launched operational guidelines for SBM 2.0 and Amrut 2.0.
Housing and Urban Affairs Union Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra said Purulia remains the only exception to join the ODF club as many other urban areas upgrade their status to ODF + and ODF ++. He also said that by 2025-2026, the central government aims to clear 15,000 acres, which equates to 16 km² of land, which is under a former landfill.
“Over the past 5-6 years, we have cleared approximately 3,500 acres or 12 km², which has been used for landfill. We have made good progress in dealing with municipal solid waste. We will meet the target set by the prime minister, ”Mishra said. noted.
He said that while the total amount of municipal solid waste treated was barely 26,000 tonnes in 2014, it has now reached 98,000 tonnes. The daily production of municipal solid waste is estimated at around 1.37 lakh ton.
Speaking earlier on the occasion, Puri said the second phases of SBM and Amrut are expected to transform the country into a true “swachh” country. “Previously, Amrut’s mission covered only 500 cities, and the same will now extend to all cities. The project will not only provide piped water connections, but will also help realize the real value of the city. ‘water,’ he said.
Urban local authorities, which will go through reforms such as reducing the share of unbilled water to only 20%, setting up charging stations for electric vehicles, notification of property tax and charges use, rejuvenation of water bodies and rainwater. harvesting in all institutional buildings, will get incentives from the central government as part of the Amrut mission.

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