Nitin Gadkari hails PM Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' project
Union transport Minister Nitin Gadkari hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' project on Tuesday.
Speaking at the National Conference on Sanitation and Drinking Water, Gadkari said the current allocation of Rs.10,000 per toilet in rural areas is insufficient and pledged the mobilization of massive funds to help fulfill the project. He also lamented that today, 60 per cent of the population still defecates in the open.
Gadkari also emphasized on the need to build low cost effective toilets which could last up to a period of 30 years and the problems of potable water shall also be addressed at the same time.
During his Independence Day speech, PM Modi had urged India to become a clean country by 2019, Mahatma Gandhi's 150 birth anniversary, and had said that building toilets will help achieve that goal.
(Posted on 26-08-2014)