Odisha achieved 100% Open Defecation-Free status

Bhubanswar: Odisha achieved 100% Open Defecation-Free status. As per data uploaded on the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) website, a total of 66,83,148 toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014, an increase of 86.22 per cent in terms of households with toilets.

During the current fiscal 2019-20, a total of 9,34,406 toilets were built in the State. Data revealed that 46,785 villages coming under 6,801 gram panchayats in 30 districts have been declared ODF.

While the toilet coverage percentage was 13.75 per cent in 2014, it increased to 32.37 per cent in 2015-16. It was 48.73 per cent in 2016-17 and 59.31 per cent in 2017-18.

In 2018-19, the toilet coverage increased to 87.86 per cent, which jumped to 100 per cent this financial year, thus achieving the ODF status.

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