29,450 Jalandhar households to get toilets under total sanitation project
The government will soon transfer funds to as many as 29,450 households in the district for constructing toilets under the total sanitation project which is mainly funded by the World Bank.punjab Updated: Jun 08, 2015 21:15 IST
The government will soon transfer funds to as many as 29,450 households in the district for constructing toilets under the total sanitation project which is mainly funded by the World Bank.
These toilets will be constructed by household owners themselves and not by any government department or agency.
The water supply and sanitation department has identified these households after an extensive survey. A grant of rs 15,000 for each house will be transferred in two phases.
In the first phase, Rs 6,000 will be given to start construction work.
When the household will start using newly built toilet, the rest of the amount ( rs 9000) will be deposited in their bank account.
While the World Bank will contribute rs 9000, the central and state governments will share the remaining amount (`3,000 each) under the project. During this phase, 1,000 toilets will be built in each assembly constituency. The district has nine assembly segments.
These low-cost toilets will be built so that people do not have to go in the open for answering the nature’s call. Earlier, the panchayat department was tasked with constructing toilets and a grant of Rs 1.11 crore was also received by the local department in October 2014, but it failed to utilise funds.
There were numerous complaints against employees of the panchayat department that they were using substandard material while constructing toilets. An official said the sole aim of the project is to achieve zero-open defecation in the district so that every village can earn the tag of ‘nirmal gram’ (clean village).
He said under the project, a village-level gram panchayat water and sanitation committee will be formed which will have sanitation officer-cum-executive engineer as its co-coordinator along with other staff members, sub-divisional officer, sarpanch, a sanitation doot and others.
"The grant will be sent to the accounts of the committee by the government which will further distribute the amount among beneficiaries in installments,” an official said.
The official further said before starting the construction work, an awareness camp will be held at every village to motivate people to have toilets in their houses so that they do not have to use open spaces for answering the nature’s call.
The purpose of distributing the grant to households is that the house owners will be able to construct toilet of their choice and use quality material so that there will be no chance of complaint against any government agency or department, the official informed.
Gurmej Thapar, sarpanch, Feroz village, said the panchayat department failed to release any grant for toilets in the past one year and 100 families in his village are forced to go in the open to answer the call of nature.
Narinder Pal Singh, executive engineer, water supply and sanitation department, said, “At present, awareness camps are being organised at the block level and a meeting of all MLAs will be held at the district administrative complex in this regard in the coming days.”