Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of Sulabh International, who was in London for a conference on Smart Cities, said India could be open-defecation free by 2019 if the 2 crore NRIs each contributes to building 6 toilets over three years.
With this assistance from NRIs they could build nearly 12 crore toilets by 2019 to realise PM Narendra Modi’s Clean India vision.
An individual toilet costs some $500 which means 6 toilets would cost a total of Rs.200,000, that could be spread over three years, so if all NRIs came forward this dream will become a reality.
Mr Pathak has been leading a movement since 1970 with Sulabh, to provide sanitation solutions to the poor. Sulabh is also collaborating with various public sector undertakings in the country and with corporate houses, to build public and individual toilets across India. It claims to engage over 50,000 people and has thus far constructed nearly 1.3 million household toilets and 8,500 public toilets.