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Home toilets must for contesting Maharashtra civic polls

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New Delhi: In a significant decision, the Maharashtra Government on Tuesday made domestic toilets compulsory for all those aspiring to stand for civic polls and get elected to municipal corporations, councils and panchayats.

This has already been implemented at the village level for contesting local bodies elections, under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the state’s Swachh Maharashtra Abhiyan.

The move has been initiated by making suitable amendments to the civic acts pertaining to corporations, councils and panchayats to ensure that those planning to contest elections had provision for toilets in their homes.

The decision was announced after a meeting of the state cabinet here presided over by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Under the two cleanliness missions, an important component is to make toilets available for each family and thus to do away with the practice of defecating in the open.

According to the 2011 census, the urban population in Maharashtra stood at around 58 million (5.8 crores) which comprise 18 million (1.8 crores) families.

Of these, around 8 percent – or 832,000 families – lack proper toilet facilities in their homes.

However, with a view to completely end defecating in the open, in cities by October 2, 2017, the state government has already initiated ‘mission mode’ in 366 urban centres, officials said.

For the success of the missions, the role of elected representatives is considered crucial and hence it is imperative that they (people’s representatives) must first have toilet facilities at their homes, they said.

(IANS)

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John Abraham Describes Maharashtra Government “Ridiculous” for Cutting Trees for Metro Rail

"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added

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"It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail," he added. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor John Abraham described as “ridiculous” the Maharashtra government’s decision to cut down 33 hectares of green carpet for the development of the Metro 3 car shed in Mumbai. John was expressing his concern over the water crisis when he made the comment, during the trailer launch of his upcoming film “Batla House” here on Wednesday.

“In this situation, when Maharashtra Government has decided to cut down 33 hectares of greenery at Arey Milk Colony, it makes me wonder if we are heading towards the right direction. I am opposed to the coastal road and 33 hectares of land being cut!”

“It is ridiculous to see how they are displacing animals, trees as well as people living in these areas for metro rail,” he added. Present with John were his co-stars Mrunal Thakur and Nora Fatehi, along with director Nikkhil Advani and producer Bhushan Kumar among others.

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“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem”, says John Abraham. Wikimedia Commons

The BMC and MMRC have already received around 82,000 objection letters from the affected community and environment conservatives. Bollywood celebrities like Randeep Hooda, Dia Mirza, Adil Hussain, Ashok Pandit, Pooja Bedi among others have already lent their voice to support the cause of saving the greenery. John was asked about the present situation of the water crisis in Maharashtra and also the water-logging condition in the city due to the rain.

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Addressing the issue the actor said, “we are not doing good water harvesting in the city and that is surely creating the water crisis. If we can harvest water rightly, the city and the country can have enough water. When the rain does not happen at the right time, we get worried and then when it rains in the city (Mumbai), it is flooded which obviously we do not like.”

“The rivers are going to dry up in 30 years if the rain is not happening properly and water crisis will only increase. So it is a serious problem.” “Batla House” is slated to release on August 15. (IANS)