Sanitation: ZP to build 46,000 toilets in dist

60 pc funds utilised under Total Sanitation Campaign

The Mysore Zilla Panchayat has set itself a target of building more than 46,000 toilets, in an attempt to make the district free from open defecation.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Chief Executive Officer of the ZP, P A Gopal said that the district administration will soon come up with an action plan to construct the toilets under Total Sanitation Campaign or Nirmal Bharath Abhiyan (NBA), and will utilise the funds under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. “A target of 200 Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) will be set for each grama panchayat,” he said. There are 236 grama panchayats in the district.

Each toilet will be built at a cost of Rs 9,200, of which Rs 4,700 will be allotted under NREGA and the remaining amount will be utilised from the funds allotted under NBA. Any additional expenditure incurred will have to be borne by the beneficiary. He said, a total of 26,700 toilets have been constructed during the year 2012-13 in the district.

According to statistics available on Nirmal Gram Puraskar Online System, the district has utilised 60 per cent of the funds allotted under NBA, as on June 19. A total of Rs 54.86 crore had been approved  by Central and State governments, of which Rs 42.31 crore has been received and Rs 26.15 crore has been utilised.

Data shows that since 1999-2000, the year NBA was launched, a total of 1,60,601 IHHL for BPL houses was set as target. The number of toilets constructed are 1,12,765 which is about 70 per cent of the target set by the Government. However, the district administration has reached the target in constructing IHHL in APL houses.

Funds have also been under utilised in constructing sanitary complexes in the district. Of the 54 sanitary complexes set as target, only 10 has been completed. The construction of 46,000 latrines in the district in 2013-14, clearly shows that many houses in rural areas still defecate in the open. However, construction of latrines is being considered as a progressive measure in improving hygiene and cleanliness in rural areas.

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