7,000 villages in Maharashtra are already open-defecation free and 50 cities in the state will be swachh or clean by 2 October, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on 3 September.
"Maharashtra plans to have the highest number of Swachh cities," NDTV quoted CM Fadnavis, while speaking at Maha Cleanathon with campaign ambassador Amitabh Bachchan by his side.
In a year's time, the Chief Minister said, Maharashtra will lead the way in solid waste management. "We will process every bit of garbage," he said.
"We hope this movement continues and we can keep our cities clean," said actor Amitabh Bachchan while congratulating Maharashtra on "becoming an example for India".
CM Fadnavis stressed on public participation in building toilets. "If we don't involve people in the construction of toilets, it doesn't fulfil the purpose. It becomes a storage space," NDTV quoted the Chief Minister.