More than 450 government schools in Indore district are without useable toilets or with common toilets for boys and girls, officials said on Tuesday, underlining a major hurdle in meeting goals under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.
The administration is now on an overdrive to complete the task by June 30, the deadline set by the state government.
Officials said out of the 1,700-plus government schools in the district, there are 220 schools where the toilets have been declared unusable in their present condition.
Another 232 schools are in need of separate toilets for boys and girls, they added.
District panchayat CEO Ashish Singh admitted that constructing toilets in schools was a major challenge.
“We have received around Rs 3 crores just a couple of weeks back and we plan to complete constructions of the new toilets by June 30,” Singh said.
Indore district panchayat president Kavita Patidar said Swachch Bharat Abhiyan was a top priority for the district panchayat. “I have told all the sarpanchs to ensure that the work gets completed within time.”