Once given the ‘filthiest town’ tag in the Swachh Survekshan covering more than 400 cities, the Abohar Municipal Corporation has now got open defecation free (ODF) status from the Government of India.

MC Commissioner Abhijeet Kaplish attributed the achievement to the staff of the corporation and the people of the city who played a vital role in changing the mindset. Deputy Commissioner Arvind Pal Singh Sandhu congratulated the people of Abohar for the achievement.

Under the ‘Chokho Abohar’ project, brainchild of Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, the MC had initiated efforts to wash the stain of being on the list of dirty cities. Sanitation structure was completely overhauled, new tippers, JB and hand-pulled rickshaw rehris were provided after recruiting more than 100 sanitation workers. Motivational lectures prompted the staff to accept the challenge to restore the old glory of the subdivisional town that was quoted in history books as ‘Abha Nagari’.

The MC also took up the construction of eight state-of-the-art public toilets with 7-star category of which two have been completed.

Source: 21 March, 2021, The Tribune