New Delhi: Calling for practical approach to achieve the goal of sanitation for all by 2019, Union Minister for Rural Development and Drinking Water and Sanitation Nitin Gadkari said the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build ‘Swachh Bharat' by 2019 will be executed in a mission mode.
Speaking at a National Conference on Sanitation and Drinking Water here, Gadkari said, the current allocation of Rs 10,000 per toilet in rural areas is insufficient and soon the amount will be increased to achieve the real target.
Lamenting that even after 67 years of Independence, 60 per cent people in India defecate in open, Gadkari said that.
He also emphasized that massive funds will be mobilized for this purpose under the leadership of the Prime Minister.
He also asked the state ministers, who attended the conference, to come up with practical and area specific approach to toilets and assured them that funds will not be a constraint.
He called for quality works so that toilets could last upto thirty to forty years and laid emphasis on suitable low cost technology for that purpose.
The Minister said that a new scheme will be launched in the next two months to address the problem of drinking water and especially in 17,000 those villages having problems like arsenic, excessive fluoride, heavy metals and other pollutants.
Gadkari also called for timely flow of funds and e-transfer of money for speedy execution of projects.