After proposing the ‘Toilet Booth’ idea to Maharashtra’s CM Devendra Fadnavis in Mumbai earlier this month, Bollywood actor Akahsy Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital on Tuesday (May 9).
Kumar tweeted his picture with PM Modi, stating that he met the PM to discuss about his upcoming film, ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’, and how the film is inspired from PM’s clean India campaign (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan).
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 9, 2017
Happy to have met. My best wishes. https://t.co/BViBAnEdq9
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 9, 2017
Akshay’s film talks about sanitation and need to have a toilet in every household to reduce ill-effects of open defecation on health among women and children, who are extremely prone to unhealthy environment.
Before meeting PM Modi today, Kumar had proposed the idea of ‘Toilet Booth’ to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in a function in Mumbai. He had asked the CM to ensure that there are public toilets every 500m or a kilometre to discourage open defecation and help citizens of the state with basic facility. CM Fadnavis approved of the idea and said it will be implemented soon.
Akshay has been voicing his concern about defecation in our nation and he had also recorded a video message to promote open defecation-free idea.
Watch the video
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 24, 2017
Mumbai’s toilet data
According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) statistics, there were over 117 major open defecation spots in city, mainly located across plots owned by government departments and agencies, which have been reduced to 21 in last two years following the drive.
In Mumbai, currently, the major open defecation spots are in Colaba, Bhandup, Chembur, Malad, Kurla and Andheri and the BMC plans to eradicate “this social evil” by building toilets.
However, to meet the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Mumbai needs 1.28 lakh toilets. The Mumbai civic body plans to create this facility with an average of one toilet seat per 50 persons. However, there will still be a need of 46,000 toilets to reduce the gap. In past two-and-a-half years, BMC has constructed only 2,500 toilets.
There are about 12,000 public toilets in the city, some of which are a decade-old.