Under an improved version of Total Sanitation Campaign

Seven panchayats in the district will undergo a facelift once the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) completes the solid waste management programme.

A release from the district administration says that under the Central Government’s Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan programme, which is an improved version of the Total Sanitation Campaign, it will put in place the waste management programme.

The Abhiyan’s other components are construction for toilets for household, schools, anganwadis (child care centres) and men and women sanitary complexes.

Of the 228 village panchayats the administration has selected seven panchayats – Neelambur in Sulur Block, Jallipatti in Sultanpet Block, Devarayapuram in Kinathukadavu Block, Puzhaiyur, Seelakkampatti and Solapalayam in Pollachi South Block and Thimmanguthu in Pollachi North Block.

As per the Government’s guidelines the administration will spend Rs. 15 lakh on those village panchayats that have a fewer than 500 households. And this will apply to only the Pazhaiyur Panchayat in Pollachi South Block.

For the other six village panchayats the administration will spend Rs. 20 lakh. To identify the villages, the DRDA conduct a survey, the release says and adds that based on the survey, it will first take up the work in Neelambur in the first phase.

The other six panchayats will be taken up at the second phase. However, the solid waste management work in all the seven panchayats will be completed before March 31, the end of the current financial year.

The release adds that the Additional Collector N. Venkatesh, assistant project officer, deputy block development officers and project coordinators are monitoring the progress of the work.

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