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Collector stresses on the implementation of total sanitation programme

TNN, 01 March 2014


MADURAI: According to a shocking data revealed by the district collector of Dindigul as many as 52,000 individual toilets in the district are in an unusable state.


Speaking at a meeting organised by the District Rural Development Organisation on sanitation and hygiene for panchayat presidents, the collector N Venkatachalam said the total sanitation programme was being implemented in the district since 2003. More than one lakh individual toilets have been constructed in the houses of people living below the poverty line under this programme. Nearly, half of these toilets were in a very bad shape.


Panchayat sources said people who were eager to get the funds and construct the toilets did not maintain or make use of it. People in villages refuse to teach their children to use toilets. Hence, they go unutilised and finally get damaged due to poor maintenance. A monitoring mechanism to ensure that they use the constructed toilets would be beneficial. According to a panchayat councilor, people point out lack of availability of water when they are asked to use toilets.


Under the programme, toilet facilities were made available at 350 schools and 364 anganwadis. Twenty sanitary complexes have also been established for women. As many as 350 women sanitary complexes were renovated during 2011-2012.


The collector said a survey conducted at the rural level showed that there was a need to construct 2.25 lakh more individual toilets. "Public should come forward to utilise the Rs 10,500 provided under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA) and MNERGS to construct individual toilets to ensure total sanitation by December 2015. The collector also launched a campaign vehicle, which would travel to 306 villages to create awareness on the total sanitation programme.


DRDA project director Pandiarajan, NBA co-ordinator Ramanithi and local body representatives were present.