November 19, 2015
Toilets for all: Bengal shows the way
Today being the World Toilet Day, the West Bengal Government is committed towards Open Defecation Free status for the State by October 2019. Within 2015-16, districts like Uttar 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur will be free from open defecation. Hoogly and Bardhaman will be free from open defecation by 2016-17.
Nadia, Bardhaman, Hoogly feature among the top four districts in the nation, in terms of toilets constructed in the last 2 years.
In the last 2 years, 11.92 lakh toilets have been constructed in West Bengal. In Nadia more than 2.42 lakh toilets have been constructed, in Bardhaman more than 1.5 lakh toilets have been constructed and in Hoogly more than 1.1 lakh toilets have been constructed. Nadia district was shortlisted for the United Nations global award for public service. Currently toilets have been constructed for 100% of the houses in Nadia district.
In the last 2 years, 11.92 lakh toilets have been constructed in West Bengal.
“The state has registered the highest progress in the country with 8.47 lakh new household toilets in 2014-15. In record time, Nadia district could reach out to all the households and construct more than 3.47 lakh toilets to ensure that everyone in the district has got access to sanitation,” the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.
The allocation has been proposed to be increased to Rs 8500 Crore in 2015-16 Budget, from the existing Rs 7460 Crore of 2014-15.