Mumbai has been declared as open-defecation free city (ODF) by the quality council of India (QCI), a union govt affiliated agency.

The news of certification was tweeted by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He congratulated Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and civic chief Ajoy Mehta for getting the city status of ODF. In a bid to achieve this, the civic body had inaugurated 83 community as well as temporary toilets with 1,215 seats in and around main spots of the city on two days’ notice.

Speaking to NewsX, BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said that 439 clean marshals will be placed at various open-defecation spots of the city for penalising people as part of the regulatory mechanism.

Mehta added that various street plays, rallies and campaigns by school children are also being organised across the city to create awareness about the pertinent issue.

According to the certification, the city will be re-assessed every six months by QCI.

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