Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday became a part of the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission when he teamed up with Brihanmumbau Municipal Corporation and the “I love Mumbai” foundation to make the city free of open defecation. The Bollywood star, along with the chief of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Ajoy Mehta and with the help of Rahul Kanal’s ‘I love Mumbai’ foundation, Sahib Realty and Sach Ishaan, distributed public utility toilets at Aarey Milk Colony’s Madras Pada slum’s residents to fight the problem of open defecation in the region. Speaking to IANS, Salman said that the act felt good but admitted that this was just the beginning.
He said, “I think there are 3,000-plus houses where each house has six to eight people. So as many existing toilets were there, we just rebuilt them and gave them water connection”. Salman Khan told the assembled reporters that there were only 36 toilets in more than 3,000 houses and hence there was a lot of scope. He added that they will get the government’s permission to build toilets in these houses given they have enough space.
BMC Chief Ajoy Mehta also expressed his gratitude towards the actor, who is also reported to have paid for the utility toilets from his own pocket. Salman Khan had been named the BMC ambassador for the anti-defecation campaign. The actor is currently busy promoting his film Tubelight. Speaking to IANS, he said, “As an actor, I’m doing my job. The person you are seeing on screen is a contribution of more than 100 people from the different departments like camera, make-up and lights. How can I take that madness that you guys (media and common people) call stardom so seriously? I don’t”.