The Fatehgarh Sahib administration is going to make 100 villages of the district open defecation free (ODF) by October 2.
Addressing a meeting here in Bachchat Bhawan on Wednesday, district magistrate KS Sangha said that chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has given a target to make 100 villages of Fatehgarh Sahib district ODF before October 2. "20 villages of the district have already been declared as ODF," said Sangha.
According to CM's target, the whole Punjab would be made ODF by 2017.
Under the union government's campaign to make the India ODF, Sangha said the administration has managed to get the nod of National Highway Authorities of India (NHAI) to construct toilet blocks on the National Highway 1 near Sirhind, which would be maintained by Sulabh International organisation.
Sangha said as per the national research papers, India was losing 8 percent of the GDP every year because of open defecation. He appealed the people to contribute in making the district ODF.
Sangha even invited journalists and other people to cross-check the villages which were already declared ODF. He said seminars in each village of district would be organised to make people aware about the harmful effects of open defecation. He said experts have been called to counsel people and to change their minds about the regular habit of open defecation.
Jasbir Singh, executive engineer, water supply and sanitation, said to implement the directions properly, a provision of penalty was also there for defaulters. He said after toilet got constructed in a house and if any of family members was defecting in open thereafter, he would be penalised by amount upto Rs 1,000.
Sangha said to remove the encroachments on roads sides and to make the environment greener, the administration have decided to plant the trees on road banks. He said that a campaign would be started for this cause in which all officers of the district would participate.
Sangha said for this campaign, administration was not going to ask money from the government and funds would be generated from contribution by officers.