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Dakshina Kannada to be declared open defecation-free shortly

District in-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai passing through a metal detector when he arrived for the Independence Day celebrations at the Nehru Maidan in Mangaluru on Monday.— Photo: H.S. Manjunath (RELATED PHOTO ON PAGE 3)

District in-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai passing through a metal detector when he arrived for the Independence Day celebrations at the Nehru Maidan in Mangaluru on Monday.— Photo: H.S. Manjunath (RELATED PHOTO ON PAGE 3)  

Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister B. Ramanath Rai on Monday said that Dakshina Kannada will be declared open defecation-free shortly as most of the households have come to have toilets.

Speaking after unfurling the tricolour at the Nehru Maidan here, Mr. Rai said that as per a survey done under the Swachh Bharat Mission programme, all 2,69,216 houses in the district have been provided with toilets. The district would shortly be declared as open defecation-free, he said.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Kumar said that the administration has completed construction of toilets in all those houses as per the 2011 census. Work is now on to have toilets in new houses that have come up after 2011.

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer P.I. Sreevidya said that as per the survey done in 2012, there were 6,000 houses that did not have toilets in the areas covered by the zilla panchayat. Toilets were built in these houses in 2013 and 2014. Now, they have taken up work to have toilets in 1,400 new houses that have come up. “The work will be completed in another two months,” she said.

Title deeds

Among the other issues Mr. Rai addressed at the function included issuing title deeds to owners of house constructed on government land in rural areas. He said that the government has extended the limit of house plots from 2000 sq ft to 4,000 sq ft and thus, enabled more needy persons to get title deeds. He said that 55,000 applications have been filed of which 22,000 applicants have received title deeds. Nearly, 10,000 applications have been filed in the urban areas of the district seeking title deeds for houses on government land.

Mr. Rai hoisted the national flag and inspected the march past led by Reserve Police Sub-Inspector Ganesh. The junior and senior NCC navy wing cadets were adjudged as the best two marching contingents.



All 2,69,216 houses in the district have been provided with toilets, says Minister Ramanath Rai



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