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Tuesday, 17-October-2017

Toilet Construction Target Surpassed in Assam

Assam has surpassed the target set for construction of household toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) during the 2016-17 fiscal

GUWAHATI: Assam has surpassed the target set for construction of household toilets under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) during the 2016-17 fiscal.

Public Health Engineering (PHE) minister Rihon Daimary said that 10.54 lakh toilets were built in the rural areas of the State during the last fiscal as against a target of 8.50 lakh.

The Central government had allocated a total of Rs 747 crore during the last fiscal and the entire amount was spent, he said, adding that the State government also released its share of Rs 201 crore, including arrears for previous years.

In the current fiscal, the government has set a target to construct 14.70 lakh toilets and the Centre has allotted Rs 712 crore for the purpose. As per the figures from the baseline survey, only around 14.70 lakh households remained to be provided with household toilets in the State and once this year’s work is completed, most the work will be finished.

Daimary said that along with construction of toilets, emphasis has also been given to spreading awareness about sanitation and for this purpose Swachh Melas are being held in all the districts. He said the situation in Assam, where the percentage of sanitation is 73 per cent, is much better than in many other states.

Daimary said many old water supply projects have been in limbo and all the MLAs have been asked to suggest six schemes in each constituency for revival.