A slum in India has made PM’s Swachh Bharat as its mission
Ever since the Prime Minister Modi’s Swachh Bharat mission has been initiated across the country, we have heard many instances of people coming forward and taking initiatives to make India clean and healthy. One such example is the residents of Block 18 in Kalyanpuri, East Delhi, particularly the women of the area.
Lalsa Devi is one of the ladies who goes around the area to encourage neighbors to keep their drains clean and not to go for open defecation but use the community toilet complex instead. She was determined to volunteer for the cause when a family from Bihar didn’t go ahead with the marriage proposal for her son, who is educated and has a job, after a visit to their house. She feels the lack of a toilet was the prime reason for the girl’s family to decide against the match.
They came to our house to fix the marriage of their daughter with my youngest son. When the girl’s father wanted to go to the toilet, I told him we did not have one and use the community toilet. I took them to a house with a toilet on the road across where there is a sewer connection. After they left, we were told they were not interested in going ahead with the marriage proposal. I was shocked as they had been very keen earlier. I could not think of anything else but the lack of a toilet that could have triggered this.
According to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), there are only 79,000 individual toilets across 675 slums in the capital, home to over 15 lakh people. The residents of Block 18 in East Delhi is managing the whole complex. They are encouraging people to use the facility and also keep a watch on cleanliness. The even send reports on maintenance issues to DUSIB. This makes the facility usable, accessible and safe. If every nooks and corner of India make Swachh Bharat as their mission, there is no doubt that we will see a clean and healthy India very soon.