Mysuru has been declared as the first open defecation-free (ODF) city which adds another first to Mysuru after cleanest city tag.
Addressing the media persons in the city on Saturday, Mayor B L Bhyrappa said, “The Quality Council of India has made this declaration and Mysuru has emerged to be the number one city out of 75 other cities. Vijayawada and Mysuru were in competition for the number one position and finally, Mysuru bagged the position. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will present the award at a function in New Delhi on September 30.”
“To bag this tag, we adopted a robust process, and in the first phase all the wards of the city officially declared themselves open defecation-free through their respective council members of the ward. Later a few SHGs, education institutions declared by conducting a mini survey with their members. After the official declaration from the council, a field inspection was conducted by the Quality Council of India and the rest is history,” he added.
MCC Commisisoner G Jagadeesh said, “There are about 50 public toilets in the city and a few more are under construction. We have come forward to give subsidies up to Rs 15,000 for construction of individual toilets and a majority of those seeking subsidies are people who are willing to construct new toilets after property separation.”