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Business News/ News / India/  India sees major progress in waste management; 50% of villages achieve ODF plus status
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India sees major progress in waste management; 50% of villages achieve ODF plus status

Over 2.96 lakh villages have declared themselves ODF Plus, putting the country on track to reach its Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin Phase II targets by 2024-25.

An ODF Plus village not only maintains its Open Defecation Free) status but also implements either solid or liquid waste management systems. (Photo: Mint)Premium
An ODF Plus village not only maintains its Open Defecation Free) status but also implements either solid or liquid waste management systems. (Photo: Mint)

New Delhi: In a significant achievement, India’s Ministry of Jal Shakti announced today that half of the nation’s villages have attained ODF Plus status under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G) Phase II. Over 2.96 lakh villages have declared themselves ODF Plus, putting the country on track to reach its SBM-G Phase II targets by 2024-25.

An ODF Plus village not only maintains its Open Defecation Free (ODF) status but also implements either solid or liquid waste management systems. Among the top-performing states are Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh, with Goa and Sikkim leading the way among smaller states. All Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra Nagar Havelli & Daman Diu, and Lakshadweep boast 100% ODF Plus Model villages.

The central government has dedicated a total of Rs. 83,938 crore to Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen between 2014-15 and 2021-22, with an allocation of Rs. 52,137 crore for 2023-24. As the mission enters its ninth year, Phase II focuses on sustaining ODF status, managing solid waste, plastic waste, and liquid waste, as well as promoting GOBARdhan, Information Education and Communication/Behavior Change Communication (IEC/BCC), and capacity building.

The SBM-G program has positively impacted the health and well-being of millions across India. Regarding plastic waste management, 831 plastic waste management units and 1,19,449 waste collection & segregation sheds have been established. Cleaned and shredded plastic is used in road construction or as fuel in cement factories. Furthermore, over 1 lakh gram panchayats have passed resolutions banning Single Use Plastic.

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Published: 10 May 2023, 02:20 PM IST
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