The district administration of Kota in Rajasthan is planning to construct one community sanitary complex (CSC) in every Gram Panchayat (GP). Situated in a common public space, the CSCs would cater to the public and passers-by; and would be particularly useful during village melas, temple festivals, and functions when many people gather.
The initiative is a part of the district’s plan to leave no one behind without access to sanitation.
Each of the CSCs will have 2 toilets for men and 2 toilets for women with handwashing facility and soap. A handpump just outside the facility provides water from a borewell. The total cost for construction is Rs. Two lakhs.
According to Mr Ravindra Shrivastav, District Project Coordinator (DPC), the district has a total of 158 GPs. Of the 120 CSCs sanctioned, 75 have been completed and handed over to the GP. The balance CSCs are scheduled to be completed in a couple of months.
Many of the CSCs have been painted in bright colours and indigenous motifs, some with useful sanitation messages, reminding people about safe sanitation practices.
The DPC informed that there was some delay in construction work owing to the lockdown, the problem compounded with the shutting of sanitary marts and an increase in the price of construction material. Nonetheless, with the district administration issuing a directive in this regard, the problems have been resolved and construction is back on track.
All workers having been apprised about safety protocols are wearing protective masks and using sanitisers while maintaining social distancing during construction work.
The district administration has also completed construction of 88 Adarsh toilets of the 114 sanctioned. These are smaller public toilets with one latrine for men and one for women with a handwashing facility built at a cost of Rs. 50,000 each.
As far as maintenance is concerned, both the CSCs and Adarsh toilets will be managed by the GP which has appointed a caretaker for every facility. Inside the free-for-use facility, a sign mentions that users who do not clean up after themselves will be charged a penalty.