After a lot of hard work, the civic body has finally succeeded in bagging the Open Defecation Free (ODF) tag. The validation came right before the expiration of NMMC’s existing certificate.
This regaining of the tag will immensely help Navi Mumbai get good ranking in Swach Sarvekshan 2018.
During a close examination of the city, it was a shocking and disappointing revelation that many people in Indira Nagar area of Turbhe were still openly defecating despite there being over 30 public toilets in the area
“We made it happen this time. Last time, too, we almost passed the test when some anti-social elements sabotaged our effort by prompting the observer, who was re-evaluating our ODF status, to inspect a small piece of barricaded private land in Indira Nagar area of Turbhe. There the team came across open defecation. This time, it was a smooth sailing and we have regained the ODF tag,” said NMMC commissioner N Ramaswami.
As part of the nation-wide survey, an independent team consisting of four observers from Delhi, appointed the central government visited the city earlier this year.
The civic body installed individual, public and community toilets, procured mobile toilets and tried to create awareness about the ill-effects of open defecation.
Almost all the areas prone to open defecation were covered by the open-defecation free certification team and found all of them to be clean.
“For over a month now, we have taken additional measures to ensure the city is free of open defecation. It’s the team work of NMMC officials and citizens. We are now looking forward to perform better in the Swachh Survekshan,” said NMMC deputy commissioner Amrish Patnigere.