New Delhi, Oct. 22 -- Central government's ambitious program Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) proved highly cost beneficial with annual benefits of US$ 727 per household mainly from savings associated with health such as reduced diarrhoea incidence (55%) and from sanitation access time savings (45%), said a UNICEF study published in the World Development Journal.

The study titled--Comparison of the costs and benefits of the Clean India Mission-aimed to estimate and compare major economic costs and benefits associated with sanitation improvement achieved during three years of SBM from households' financial and economic perspectives and a broader societal perspective.

According to the findings, the investment costs average US$ 396 per latrine ...