Only 3,000 families in 24 Grama Panchayats have toilets

Poverty, delays in release of funds hamper Total Sanitation Campaign

Efforts to make the ‘Total Sanitation Campaign’ a success in the district appear to have lost momentum.

Even after the State government has planned to increase the allocation of funds from Rs 3,000 to Rs 10,000 per toilet, the rate of work has not increased.

Officers blame residents for the delays. Members of the public, however, who have to put up the money for the construction before they can reimbursed by the government, complained of not having enough funds.

“Even if we construct a toilet by borrowing money from others, we may not be compensated once the work is complete,” a villager said.

Bagepalli currently lags behind other taluks in the district, in the construction of toilets.

Small success rate

Of the 42,791 families that fall under the 24 Grama Panchayats in the taluk, only 3,628 families have toilets. This leaves 39,163 families who do not have access to proper sanitation.

Even among 3,628 families who made use of the campaign to acquire sanitation facilities, many have not completed construction of their toilets because of a lack of funds.

Doubts raised

Taluk Panchayat members have expressed doubts over the methods used by the campaign, especially concerning the proper utilisation of funds released under the sanitaion campaign.

“Poverty and a delay in the sanctioning of money have prevented the project from being a success,” said Taluk Panchayat president Shoba Rani.

A lack of regular supply of water in several villages is also a crucial factor that has affected the campaign in Chikkaballapur district, she added.

In a few cases, if construction of toilets is stopped due to shortage of money, in other instances the work has been halted as funds are not released.

Also, target set to construct toilets every year, to make the project a success, is not met.

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