Special Correspondent

Different models are on display; Total Sanitation Programme in 100 villages

GULBARGA: R. Ramalinga Reddy, Primary and Secondary Education Minister, on Friday inaugurated "Naimarlya Park" at the old Deputy Commissioner's office compound to propagate the use of low cost toilets and achieve total sanitation in the district.

The park has different models of low cost toilets constructed using low cost material. People can adopt these models in their households.

The park has been established by the district administration, the zilla panchayat and Nirmiti Kendra under the Total Sanitation Programme launched on October 2, 2005. Material used in the construction of toilets is on display. Rainwater harvesting system for use in the toilets is also on display.

Under the Total Sanitation Programme being implemented in 100 select gram panchayats in the district this year, the zilla panchayat proposes to take up construction of toilets in all schools and anganwadi kendras. It also proposes to provide toilets for below poverty line and above poverty line families in rural areas.

The programme will be extended to other gram panchayats in phases.

One of the aims of the establishment of the park is to create awareness among the people on the need to have clean surroundings by adopting safe sanitation methods in their villages.

The district has been sanctioned Rs. 33.17 crores for the programme which would be implemented in four years. The Union and State Governments have released their share of Rs. 6.29 crores and Rs. 1 crore, respectively.

Under the programme, below poverty line families would be provided Rs. 500 each for building toilets. A sum of Rs. 20,000 would be spent to build toilets in government schools and Rs. 5,000 for toilets in anganwadi kendras. The programme would be implemented through the gram panchayats.