Bharti Foundation appoints Sulabh for making 12K toilets
NEW DELHI: Bharti Foundation today (1 December) said it has appointed Sulabh International for constructing 12,000 toilets in rural households across 900 villages in Ludhiana district of Punjab.
The philanthropic arm of Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Enterprises has committed Rs 100 crore investment under ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ over the next three years for constructing toilets in rural households lacking such facilities.
“Sulabh has been a pioneer in providing sanitation solutions to the poor in India and we are confident that their expertise in this area will add immense value to this initiative,” Bharti Foundation Co-Chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal said in a statement.
As part of the agreement, Sulabh will also conduct a survey of the target villages to identify beneficiaries, undertake construction of individual household toilets and carry out Information Education Campaigns over the next 12 months.
The ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ will also invest in improving sanitation facilities in Government schools in rural Ludhiana by building new toilets for girls, where no such facilities exist, the statement said.
The announcement comes following the Independence day speech of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking corporations to join hands with the Government in social development. The company, under its development initiative – Satya Bharti Abhiyan will improve rural household sanitation across Punjab.
As part of this programme, Bharti Foundation will invest up to Rs 100 crore in constructing toilets while reaching out to every rural household lacking such facilities in Ludhiana District, over the next three years, Bharti said in a statement.
“Lack of private sanitation facilities in rural households not only constitutes a major cause of embarrassment for the women, but also points to a much wider problem of rural hygiene and cleanliness. It is our commitment that no single household or school in rural Ludhiana will be without a toilet by the end of this tenure,” Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Foundation, said.