Despite constructing over one crore toilets in a year under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, not even half are being used, an all-India survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) has revealed. While just 46% of 95 lakh toilets built in rural India are being used, the figure is barely 50% even in urban areas, as per the survey.
In rural areas, surveyors found households using toilets for storing grains or as general storage space.
However, the north-eastern states provide a glimmer of hope, with some areas recording over 100% usage.
The NSSO conducted a rapid sample survey between April and July following a request from ministries implementing various components of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Apart from behavioural change, it also analysed the progress on other parameters such as construction of toilets and achievements of different ministries.