Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Abhiyan, which is aimed at improving rural household sanitation, on Thursday said that it has constructed over 5,000 Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHL) free of cost in 210 villages across district Ludhiana in Punjab.
In addition, more than 1,500 toilets are currently under construction in 64 additional villages.
The initiative, which was launched in August 2014 to contribute to Government of India’s National Mission of ‘Swachh Bharat’ has, so far, benefitted over 25,000 people through the construction of IHHL.
Bharti Foundation aims to cover over 900 villages across Ludhiana District under the initiative and construct toilets free of cost in all households lacking such facilities.
At the end of this program Ludhiana District will be left with no household without a toilet.
The Foundation has committed an investment of up to Rs 100 crores for the initiative. The initiative is being supported by Bharti Airtel Limited and Bharti Infratel Limited.
In addition to rural household sanitation, the ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ is also constructing toilets to improve sanitation facilities in Government schools in rural Ludhiana by building toilets for girls, wherever no such facility exists.
Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Co-Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said, “We are pleased to report the rapid progress the initiative is making and in particular the strong support it has received from the rural communities. The benefits and impact on the quality of life through this project are clearly visible on the ground. We remain fully committed to the program and are confident that within the next two years every rural household without a toilet in the district will be provided with one."