Maharashtra for more toilets
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Maharashtra, has a large proportion (21%) of urban households dependent on Community Toilets which reinforces the need to build toilets in every corner. The Census said that 69.3% households had no latrines in 2011.
With over 54% of the people living in rural areas, it is very important to introduce safe and hygienic sanitation. Having declared open defecation-free a year ago, the rural villages which are a home to some other backward caste families, claim that they are forced to defecate in the open as they are yet to receive funds for building toilets.
Apart from installing toilets in households, we also need to work towards installing clean toilets in public places like bus stands, railway stations, petrol pumps, hospitals and post offices. Public toilets are a necessity and have to be installed at regular intervals across cities. Women and children face the biggest problem and there have to be such basic facilities.
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