Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 12:
Lending his voice to the “Swachh Bharat” campaign, internationally acclaimed artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today created a sand sculpture on sanitation and open defecation with the message ‘Use toilet, Keep the Environment clean’ at the Puri beach.
Pattnaik created a 4-ft high sculpture that used about 3 tons of sand.
“Even if toilets are available, people still need to be convinced to refrain from open defecation and use toilets. Therefore, the need for behaviour change is critical in addition to the provision of toilets,” the Pdama awardee artist said on the occasion.
“The grand festival of Nabakalebara Ratha Yatra is just a few days left. A lot of pilgrims will come to Puri. I want to request the pilgrims to refrain from open defecation as it can have a significant impact on public health if a large proportion of the population openly defecates.,” he said.
The most important objective of the Swachh Bharat or Clean India Mission is to end open defecation forever in all villages. Open defecation is the practice of defecating outside and not in a designated toilet. It is especially problematic in areas where people defecate in fields, urban parks, rivers and open trenches in close proximity to the living space of others. This behaviour may be result of cultural practices, the lack of access to toilets, or both.