Venjamur Gram Panchayat (GP) of Koilkonda Mandal in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana needed 385 toilets to make sanitation accessible to all people in the GP. To meet the huge target, officials of the district administration visited the GP and after a round of meetings, construction of toilets started and the village will be declared open defecation free (ODF) soon.
Lack of awareness about sanitation and the need to use toilets, insufficient funds and insufficient knowledge of how to build toilets, describes the situation in Venjamur Gram Panchayat (GP) of Koilkonda Mandal in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana last year. Moreover, disease was rampant.
With a view to convincing the community about the need for toilets and safe sanitation practices, the district administration held meetings with the Sarpanch, Panchayat secretary, technical assistant, cluster coordinator and anganwadi and ASHA workers. As many as 385 toilets were sanctioned.
Thereafter, the team visited homes and motivated beneficiaries to build and use toilets for the well being of their families and the whole village community. Awareness sessions on adverse effects of open defecation followed, after which families came forward, willing to have toilets constructed in their homes.
Discussion during the village meetings were so effective that in a span of 10 days 113 toilets were constructed while construction for the balance 252 had started.
The Sarpanch is most interested in making Venjamur ODF as soon as possible.