Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Saturday instructed ward officers to carry out a rigorous drive against open defecation and make the city open defecation-free by the end of this month. Earlier, actor Salman Khan extended his support towards the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) campaign against open defecation and will be giving mobile toilets to be placed at various locations in the city.
A total of 118 locations in the city were identified by the ward officers as where open defecation takes place . Of these locations, only 44 locations have been made open defecation-free by the civic body. With contractors yet to be appointed to construct public toilets in various wards and the ongoing construction of toilets in several other wards, the civic body too has now routed to installing mobile toilets at most of these places owing to completing the target of making Mumbai open defecation-free by the end of this year.
Of the 24 civic administrative wards, nine wards such as B (Masjid Bunder area), C (Kalbadevi, Marine Lines area), G south (Mahalaxmi, Worli area), N (Ghatkopar) and T (Mulund area) wards among others have been made open defecation-free. A civic officer said, “In the remaining wards, various campaigns are carried out through advertisements, street plays to educate the citizens about the importance of no open defecation.”
Early last week, Salman Khan agreed to be the face of the BMC’s drive against open defecation in the city and the civic body has been hopeful that with a Bollywood actor’s name being associated with this cleanliness drive, the reach of the message will be much wider than civic body’s campaign alone.