The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has commissioned QCI to certify 4379 Urban Local Bodies of India as Open Defecation Free by October 2019 under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban aims to fulfil the objective of 100% Open Defecation Free status in all Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the country by 2019. This will entail providing access to clean and usable toilet facilities for the citizens.
In larger prospect, ODF flagship is taken ahead by ODF+ and ODF++. The SBM-ODF+ and SBM-ODF++ protocols build upon the ODF protocols while keeping true to its provisions, so as to provide a platform for cities and towns to improve sanitation sustainability. These protocols are incremental in nature and reflect on-ground realities present in India.
Cities that have been certified ODF at least once on the basis of the ODF protocols laid down by MoHUA shall be eligible to declare themselves as SBM-ODF+ & SBM-ODF++ and apply for this certification.
With correct on ground implementation of these schemes, India can be ensured a safe and hygienic sanitary conditions.