Supreme Court time-frame for construction of toilets

As a major initiative towards ensuring total sanitation, the government agencies and departments concerned entrusted with the task of constructing toilets in all the government schools within six months, as stipulated by the Supreme Court in October last year, are unlikely to meet the specific time-frame.

Of the nearly 900 toilets sanctioned in the present financial year, a total of 529 toilets have been constructed so far in the government schools across the district, sources said.

Many government schools are still functioning without proper toilet and drinking water facilities mainly in the tribal sub-plan mandals in the district.

Toilets in several existing schools have remained defunct for want of proper water supply and repairs. Sources said that 547 baby-friendly toilets were constructed in Anganwadi centres as against the sanctioned number of 1,120 baby-friendly toilets till date in the district.

Of the total 1,159 works proposed for provision of protected drinking water to the government schools, only 474 have been completed so far.

The remaining works are under various stages of execution, sources added. Factors like delayed sanction of funds and lack of effective coordination between the agencies and departments concerned resulted in “slow pace” of execution of the works.

The higher officials have earlier issued specific instructions to the officials of the executing agencies to ensure speedy completion of the works and ensure toilet as well as drinking water facilities in all the government schools by March 31.

A majority of the works taken up during the fag end of last year have been completed, said M. Jaganmohan Reddy, Superintending Engineer, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department.

The remaining works particularly, those sanctioned in February this year, are under various stages of construction, he said adding that the works were being executed on a war footing to extend toilet and drinking water facility to all the schools soon.

  • Many government schools functioning without proper toilet and drinking water facilities

  • 547 baby-friendly toilets constructed in Anganwadi centres