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‘War room’ set up to make Gautam Budh Nagar district open-defecation free by Sept 30

For 40 gram panchayats, 6,424 toilets were sanctioned and for 30 gram panchayats 1,773 toilets were sanctioned.

noida Updated: Jul 14, 2017 09:24 IST
Kapil Datta
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The Swacch Bharat Mission (rural) open defecation free(ODF) war room has been set up at vikas bhawan to monitor construction of toilets and ensure that Gautam Buddha Nagar district is free of the practice by September 30.

The monitoring is being done by a private consultancy staff approved by the state government. Six persons have been monitoring the Swachh Bharat projects and regularly updating the data. Village secretaries have also been provided laptops to feed the data.

AK Choudhary, district consultant, ODF, said,”Of the 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh, Gautam Budh Nagar is at 28th spot with regard to ODF. In 2016-17, around 2,080 toilets were constructed as per the target for that year. Now it has been planned to make Gautam Budh Nagar free of open defecation by September 30.”

“Earlier targets were fixed as per the number of applications received for construction of toilets under the Swachh Bharat scheme. Now, a deadline has been announced made to make district ODF after three physical surveys were conducted by the village head, area development officer and the district team. It was identified that 9,955 toilets are required to make the district ODF. A survey was conducted in 100 gram panchayats in the district. Teh remaining areas come under Noida and Greater Noida authorities. Authorities are constructing toilets in urban areas,”said Choudhary.

“Bisrakh block has been declared ODF. Dankaur Block will be declared ODF by July-end where 600 of 1,500 toilets has been constructed, the rest are nearing completion. Dadri and Jewar blocks are to be declared ODF by September 30. So far around 40% work has been completed,”Choudhary said.

“An amount of Rs10.296 crore for constructing 8,565 toilets has been released during 2017-18. The remaining amount will be released once funds are received,”Choudhary said.

For 40 gram panchayats, 6,424 toilets were sanctioned and for 30 gram panchayats 1,773 toilets were sanctioned.

The maximum number of toilets constructed so far are in Jarcha, which has 384 facilities. A total of 313 toilets were constructed at Ballabhgarh Karole and 264 each in Chholas and Sirsa.