‘Kulithalai carved a name in solid waste management with assistance from Exnora International, Water Aid'

Open defecation is a slur on civilised society and every effort must be made to eradicate the menace for providing a healthy living environment to residents, was the message sent out by speakers at a meeting called to commemorate World Water Day here on Thursday.

Kulithalai Municipality, Exnora International, and Water Aid joined hands to organise the function to mark the day.

The focus this year was on water and public sanitation with thrust on eradicating open defecation that caused several communicable diseases.

Kulithalai municipal chairman V. Pallaviraja said the preparation of the town sanitation plan had provided an avenue to civic managers to put in place a proper perspective toward maintaining public sanitation.

Calling upon the residents to avoid open defecation, Mr. Pallaviraja pointed out that the municipality would strive to construct public lavatories in as many wards as possible.

Stating that Kulithalai should become a model sanitation town providing a perfect, safe and healthy living atmosphere to its residents Mr. Pallaviraja noted that protected water supply, public sanitation and hygiene were the cornerstones of developed society. The civic body would strive to ensure that for its citizens, he assured.

Pointing that Kulithalai has already carved a name for itself in solid waste management with the assistance from agencies such as Exnora International and Water Aid, Mr. Pallaviraja said that public should consider open defecation a slur on the civilised society and resolve to construct lavatories in every household.

Exnora International Project Coordinator Vijay Anand pointed out that women were the worst sufferers in areas where open defecation was in practice.

Hence they should be in the forefront to root out the menace.

Like right to living, right to sanitation must be made a fundamental right enshrined in the law, he said.

The State government has allotted a sum of Rs.724 crore to prevent open defecation in Tamil Nadu and from that fund, renovation and repair of public conveniences, construction of new lavatories besides extending subsidy for latrines constructed in houses built through government schemes would be undertaken .

Municipal Commissioner Kalaimani, vice-chairman Jaffarullah, councillors and other participated in the meet.

A huge model of a lavatory was put up near the venue to attract the attention of the public on the need to use latrines and avoid open defecation.