More than 850000 Toilets Constructed In Bihar In A Week: PM Modi In Champaran

| April 10 , 2018 , 19:08 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday addressed the National Convention of Swachhagrahis at Motihari, organized as part of the centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi’s Champaran Satyagraha.

Addressing the gathering Of 20,000 Swachhagrahis, Modi compared the atmosphere to Gandhi’s movement saying it evokes the same spirit of mass movement that marked the Champaran Satyagraha.

He claimed that more than 8,50,000 toilets were constructed in Bihar in the last one-week itself.

“In the last one week, more than 8,50,000 toilets have been constructed in Bihar. This is a great achievement. I congratulate the people, the 'Swachhagrahis' and the State Govt for this.” He also said that around 26 lakh toilets were constructed in four states of Bihar, UP, Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at the event Modi lauded Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Modi and said their work has acted as an encouragement for others.

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Earlier in the day he launched Indian Railways’ first ‘Make in India’ 12,000 HP electric locomotive in Madhepura and said that while the project was approved in 2007, the files did not move for 8 years. The NDA government initiated the work in 2016 and the first phase has been completed.

He also flagged off Champaran Humsafar Express which will run between Katihar and Old Delhi. Equipped with modern amenities, the bi-weekly train will have 16 stoppages.