TAMIL NADU

Rs. 75-lakh sanitation scheme for Milavittan

BOON FOR VILLAGE: Bhoomi puja being performed for construction of household toilets at Milavittan in Tuticorin district on Sunday. — Photo: N. Rajesh

BOON FOR VILLAGE: Bhoomi puja being performed for construction of household toilets at Milavittan in Tuticorin district on Sunday. — Photo: N. Rajesh  

A total sanitation project is to be implemented at a cost of Rs. 75 lakh at Milavittan in the district through the initiatives of Sterlite Copper here.

According to a press release, bhoomi puja was performed to this effect on Sunday. Under the project, individual household toilets would be constructed in the village. Each toilet would cost Rs. 35,000 and the company had earmarked a total outlay of Rs. 75 lakh for this project.

According to a UNICEF survey, 58 per cent of the populace practice open defecation in India. The project would be implemented by Sulabh International, a non-governmental organisation which had undertaken a lot of sanitation activities across the country.

More than 250 families in the village would be benefitted from this project. The project had been taken up by the company as part of its model village project with the objective of making Milavittan a role model for other villages in the district.

As part of the company's total sanitation initiatives, it had constructed 150 household toilets in various villages in the district. Besides, household drinking water tap connections had been given to all the families at Milavittan on an outlay of Rs. 10 lakh. The company was also constructing an underground water storage sump with a capacity of 1.50 lakh litres at a cost of Rs. 6.5 lakh under ‘Namakku Naame' scheme to meet the drinking water needs of the villagers.

P. Ramnath, Chief Executive Officer, Col. S. Krishnan, General Manager, Administration, R. Rajasekarapandy, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, self-help group members and villagers were present.

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