IT City lags behind in sanitation project implementation

Sampoorna Gram Nairmalya Andolana –– the State Water and Sanitation Mission taken up by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department, has found that the urban district has lagged behind in project implementation when compared to the Bangalore rural district. The district has charted a mere 59 per cent success rate in the implementation of the national project which envisions construction of toilets at the household level.

Among the districts in the State, Shimoga leads with 104 per cent progress followed by Mangalore and Bangalore Rural with 100 per cent implementation, while Raichur is at the bottom with only 22 per cent.

Achievements of Kodagu, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Kolar, Mysore and Hassan ranges from 91 per cent to 79 per cent.

The success rate in Uttara Kannada, Chikkaballapur, Dharwad, Bangalore Urban is around 57 per cent, while Davangere, Mandya, Bagalkot and Gadag fall between 57 per cent and 53 per cent.

The third category districts have achieved implementation rates between 51 per cent to 46 per cent and include Tumkur, Ramanagara, Chitradurga, Belgaum, Haveri and Bellary.
The least successful districts include Bidar, Koppal, Gulbarga, Chamrajanagar and Raichur with success rates ranging between 43 per cent and 22 per cent.

As on February 15, 2011, the State has been able to convince and construct 33,22,903 toilets at households.

Saving grace

The saving grace for the State is that it has achieved 92.24 per cent success in constructing toilets at schools with 38,187 toilets against the target of 39,267. In anganawadi schools, it is 98.21 per cent –– 25,883 against target 26,353.

Nationwide, the State ranks 17 in providing sanitation facilities with 57 per cent progress in providing toilets.

Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim top the table with 100 per cent sanitation, Tripura and Haryana come in second category with over 90 per cent. Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Uttar Pradesh, Gujrat and Goa have implemented over 70 per cent of the project and are stand third on the list.

Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Punjab are in category four between 60 and 69 per cent implementation of the project, while Chhattisgarh and Karnataka are in category five with just above 50 per cent implementation. Union territories of Puducherry and Dadar and Nagar Haveli are at the bottom with 13 per cent and just one percent respectively.

The only respite for the State is that the project is gaining momentum as the implementation, which began with 2.12 per cent in 2005-06, has increased to 10.87 per cent in 2009-10. The State aims to achieve 100 per cent implementation of the project by 2012.

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