20 wards in Mangaluru to be declared open defecation-free on Aug 15

20 wards in Mangaluru to be declared open defecation-free on Aug 15

At least 20 wards in the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) will be declared as ‘free from open defecation’ on August 15. This was announced by Health, Education and Social Justice Standing Committee Chairperson Kavitha Sanil while speaking to reporters here on Wednesday.

Kavitha said that the ministry of Central Urban Development has directed the MCC to chalk out programmes under the Swaccha Bharath Mission to declare the MCC limits free from open defecation. “This will be a meaningful manner of observing the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” she said.

All the wards will be declared ‘open defecation free’ by October 2. At present, five wards in the MCC have achieved this target. Kavitha said that according to the 2011 census, 1,753 households did not have toilets. This number had decreased to 345 houses in a survey conducted by the MCC in May 2015. Financial assistance is given to construct toilets to all households who do not have the facility. The MCC will also construct 34 public toilets at various locations.

Stating that the MCC has decided to declare all the 60 wards as ‘free from open defecation’, Kavitha called upon the citizens to join hands with the MCC in making Mangaluru city clean and green. She said those who do not have toilet in their houses can contact the MCC before August 13. She also informed that if the public came across people defecating in the open and families without toilet facilities, then they can contact 0824-2220-306, 155133. No applications for toilets would be accepted after August 13.

To a query on the lack of cleanliness and maintenance of the 84 existing public toilets in the MCC limits, Kavitha Sanil said that she had convened a meeting of all the contractors who were entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the toilets recently.

She has directed them to clean the toilets and the surrounding areas within 10 days. Kavitha also said that if there are any construction works to be undertaken in the public toilet complex, it has to be completed within a month. She warned that if the contractors failed to adhere to the directions, then the contract would be withdrawn.

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