Toyota India has started a sanitation project in line with the PM Narendra Modi's ‘Swachh Bharat – Swachh Vidyalaya’ campaign in the city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, today inaugurated the company’s sanitation project. Aimed at curbing school drop-out of girls, due to lack of sanitation facilities, the project provides access to hygiene sanitation facilities in all Government schools, across Varanasi.
The event that marked the handing over of the project to Mr. Ram Gopal Mohle – Mayor, Varanasi Nagar Nigam was graced by the presence of Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honorable Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, Honorable Union Minister of Environment & Forest, Mr. Manoj Sinha, Honorable Minister of State – Railways along with Mr. Kyoichi Tanada - President, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, Singapore, Mr. Vikram Kirloskar – Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Mr. Naomi Ishii - Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Mr. Shekar Viswanathan - Vice Chairman and Whole-time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has built these sanitation facilities and will maintain them for a period of one year. The company will also work towards creating awareness and educating children about the need and importance of the usage of sanitation facilities.
Speaking at the occasion, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Honorable Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation said, “Good sanitation is critical to good health and is critical for the overall growth of a student. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Toyota Kirloskar Motor for extending its support towards critical issues such as sanitation and hygiene in our schools. Increased commitments from such like-minded corporate houses have greatly contributed to the Government’s aspiration of achieving 100% sanitation across India.”
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Addressing the handing over ceremony, Mr. Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman, Toyota Motor Corporation said, “I whole heartedly support the ‘Clean India’ initiative. Toyota is proud to be a part of such unique nationwide initiative which has various benefits to the future growth of country. ” Since the launch of the Campaign in 2014, initiated by the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, TKM has already engaged with various authorities to roll out the campaign on a national scale. The company has constructed 500 units of sanitation facilities of which 125 units are located in Varanasi, 250 units in Ramanagara district in Karnataka and 125 units in Vaishali in Bihar. In addition, the day also marked the inauguration of high-tech water purification unit in Basani village near Varanasi.