Coal India Built Over 50,000 Toilets, NTPC Next
TCS and Bharti Foundation, the development arm of Bharti Enterprises, were the first two private players to earmark funds under CSR to build toilets.
A Bharti Foundation spokesperson said the status report does not reflect the company’s contribution because it only includes statistics of the government’s Swachh Vidyalaya programme.
“We had initiated Satya Bharti Abhiyan in 2014 to improve sanitation facilities in rural areas. About 12,723 toilets have been constructed and handed over free of cost to individual households in Ludhiana. Separate toilets for girls have also been constructed in 14 government schools in rural Ludhiana,” the spokesperson said.
Bharti Foundation has adopted Ludhiana and is committed to improving sanitation conditions by constructing a toilet in every household in over 900 villages across the district by December 2016, benefiting 1 lakh individuals, the spokesperson said.
Mercedes-Benz India said in a statement to ET, “Mercedes-Benz conducts a gamut of social initiatives in the educational sector. The G.P.S. Valape and Dadachiwadi school project were allotted to Mercedes-Benz India through the web-link of Swachh Vidyalaya project. The company is also in the process of identifying local school projects that need support.”
Among state-run companies, Coal India built 51,115 toilets, more than twice as much as the second-biggest contributor NTPC (24,626), followed by REC (12,379), PFC (9,026) and ONGC (7,958). The survey, conducted by NSSO in May and June 2015 to gauge the impact of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan showed that 52.1% of people in rural areas and 7.5% in urban areas still defecate in the open.