Indian History

Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban

The Swachh Bharat Mission - Urban (SBM-U), launched on 2nd October 2014 aims at making urban India free from open defecation and achieving 100% scientific management of municipal solid waste in 4,041 statutory towns in the country.
The objectives of the mission are: Elimination of open defecation. Eradication of Manual Scavenging. Modern and Scientific Municipal Solid Waste Management. To effect behavioral change regarding healthy sanitation practices. Generate awareness about sanitation and its linkage with public health. Capacity Augmentation for ULB’s. To create an enabling environment for private sector participation in Capex (capital expenditure) and Opex (operation and maintenance).
The Mission has the following components: Household toilets, including conversion of insanitary latrines into pour-flush latrines; Community toilets; Public toilets; Solid waste management; IEC & Public Awareness; Capacity building and Administrative & Office Expenses (A&OE).
The targets set for the Mission, which have to be achieved by 2nd October 2019 include: Construction of 66.42 Lakh individual household toilets (IHHL); Construction of 2.52 lakh community toilet (CT) seats; Construction of 2.56 lakh public toilet (PT) seats; and Achieving 100% door-to-door collection and scientific management of municipal solid waste (MSW).
To ensure a continuous engagement and higher awareness among the citizens, a participatory approach for implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission is being planned in form of theme-based Cleanliness drives on regular intervals, which are specific to a sector. Theme-based interventions are conducted, targeting core city spaces and areas. Depending upon the specific theme, relevant government departments and entities are engaged to facilitate the implementation of the drives and participation by relevant stakeholders.
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