PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi can only meet its toilet target by 2048: Analysis

 

The country needs to build 2.3 million (23 lakh) toilets every month – or a formidable 56 toilets every minute – to meet the government’s target, the report said.

Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega Swachchagraha campaign, that aims at building a toilet for every home till by 2019, lagging far behind its target? A survey carried out by Down to Earth Hindi magazine claims even Modi’s own Varanasi constituency will not be able to achieve the target till 2048 if the work on the scheme continues in the current speed.

The analysis report of the last two years over building toilets in India –which also leads in open defection states that in 2015-16, only 7,327 toilets were built in Varanasi against a target of 2,34,489 (till October 2019).

The analysis has also taken case studies of constituencies of other top political leaders and other opposition leaders.

For instance, in case of home minister Rajnath Singh constituency Lucknow, only 5,332 toilets have been built against a target of 1,86,177. The report stated that the target in Lucknow can be achieved by 2051.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple has a target of 5,47,739 toilets to be built by October 2019 in her Lok Sabha constituency Kannauj but managed only 8,309 and at this rate, she will take 66 years to reach his target by 2082.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s constituency, Rae Bareli, has a target of 2,87,703, and the achieved number has been 6,581; the expected year of completion is 2060, the analysis said.

The analysis has also studied the progress in constituencies of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj; defence minister Manohar Parikkar; water resources minister Uma Bharti; surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari; Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi; Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar; Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar; Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan; Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, among others.

The magazine has stated the country needs to build 2.3 million (23 lakh) toilets every month – or a formidable 56 toilets every minute – to meet the government’s target.

56 toilets a minute will help meet deadline: Study

The analysis has also studied the progress in constituencies of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj; defence minister Manohar Parikkar; water resources minister Uma Bharti; surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari; Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi; Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar; Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar; Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan; Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, among others.

The magazine has stated the country needs to build 2.3 million (23 lakh) toilets every month – or a formidable 56 toilets every minute – to meet the government’s target.

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