The government has so far released Rs 1,038.72 crore under the Swachh Bharat mission, to urban areas across 30 states and Union Territories, the Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu briefed the media on the occasion of one year completion of the mission.
Naidu further explained that around Rs 103.70 crore was spent for awareness generation activities and Rs 25.76 crore for capacity building, under the said campaign.
The total estimated cost for the project is pegged around Rs 66,009 crore.
The Swachh Bharat mission amis at making India a clean country by 2019 – The Centre plans to construct 1.04 crore individual household toilets, 528,000 community and public toilet seats and 100 per cent door-to-door collection and processing of municipal solid waste.
A news report in The Hindu stated that Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep and Manipur are yet to be released funds.
Commenting on the achievements of the mission, the minister said that “The success of the mission can’t be immediately quantified. We are a country of 120 crore people.”
“While there has been some behavioural change, this mission needs to be further reinforced, for which the government has launched an intensive campaign on 25 September, which will continue till 11 October,” Naidu added.