PATNA: All the 472 villages in Bihar located along the banks of the Ganges have been freed from open-defecation in what is being described as a big step towards keeping India’s most spiritually sacred river free from pollution.
Authorities found it a major challenge to arrange toilets in around a million homes in 472 villages across 12 districts located along the banks of the Ganges but eventually they did it with sheer hard work.
“We are happy to inform that all the homes located on the banks of river Ganga have been arranged toilets. This is a significant step towards checking water pollution and restoring the pristine glory of the river,” rural development minister Shrawan Kumar has told the media.
Open defecation by the villagers along the banks of the Ganges was one of the main causes of polluting India’s national river.
Eventually, initiative was launched to tackle this problem by making available toilets to the inhabitants who would opt for open air defecation for lack of toilets at homes.
The Ganges which enters in Bihar at Buxur passes through 12 other districts before moving into West Bengal but most of the homes located on its bank didn’t have toilets earlier.
It was here that that the authorities were forced to chalk out a plan and launched intensive drive to declare all of them as open-defecation free.