Lucknow’s ODF clock ticks: 5 months to go, 20,000 homes still sans toilets
20,000 families (houses) have been told to construct toilets, a task for which each such house will get Rs 8,000.lucknow Updated: Jul 13, 2017 15:10 IST
The UP state capital has just five months to become an open defecation free (ODF) city by December 2017, the deadline declared by top civic officials here on Wednesday.
It may be a tall order since 20,000 homes in the city still do not have toilets and getting them to be ‘swachh’ by the year-end will not be easy.As it is, most public toilets in the city are unfit for use now.
Municipal commissioner Udairaj Singh and additional municipal commissioner PK Srivastava announced the ODF deadline at a review meeting for construction of public toilets in the city on Wednesday.
The 20,000 families (houses) have been told to construct toilets, a task for which each such house will get Rs 8,000.
Additional municipal commissioner PK Srivastava said, “These 20,000 houses were surveyed. We are giving Rs 8000 per house for construction of toilets. In all, the centre and the state will release Rs 16 crore for the construction of these toilets at home during this period.”
If the residents are not able to construct toilets at their homes, they will face a heavy penalty followed by legal action for putting the health of people in danger, said additional municipal commissioner PK Srivastava.
For its part, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation will construct public toilets on the PPP model at 470 spots.
But officials concede that as of now the situation is not comfortable.
Municipal commissioner Udairaj Singh says, “In Lucknow, there are just 220 public toilets for a population of over 33 lakh. In a major market like Hazratganj, there is just one public toilet near St Francis School. Public toilets at the parking lot are not known to many.”
Hazratganj corporator Pradeep Kannaujia says, “Most of the toilets are poorly maintained. So if new toilets are built, then the authorities must ensure that they are maintained well. At present, 95% of public toilets stink and are unfit for use.”
Despite the misgivings in some quarters about how soon the ODF goal will actually be achieved, all zonal officers of the LMC have been asked to ensure that all houses in their zone have toilets. Also, all zones must have public toilets in the places where they are required. The zonal officers have been directed to send their reports before October 31.
All the health inspectors and sanitary supervisors have been directed to ensure no one defecates in open. Zonal officers will have to ensure that all the public toilets are completed before October 31.
If they fail, they will face stern action, Srivastava warned.