In its second phase, Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) is continuing with the construction of at least one community sanitary complex (CSC) in every Gram Panchayat (GP) across the country, the agenda being to ensure that no one is left behind. This means that every individual in the rural areas regardless of caste or class has access to safe sanitation. In keeping with this, the district administration of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh is planning to construct as many as 3,724 CSCs across all its GPs.
According to Chief Development Officer, Mr. Anand Shukla, of the targeted number, nine CSCs have been completed while another 191 CSCs will be completed by the end of this month. He attributed the slowdown in construction in the last month to the COVID-19 lockdown. The balance would be completed by July 2020, he added.
As many as 1,871 CSCS will be constructed in habitations populated predominantly by SC/Backward communities and economically weaker sections.
“The CSCs will also be constructed in public spaces such as markets for the use of visitors and the public as also during melas (fairs) /special events,” the CDO said.
Each of the CSCs costs Rs. 2.5 lakh to construct. It will have two toilets for men and two for women. To ensure an adequate supply of water in the toilet, a power pump is being connected.
As far as maintenance of the CSCs is concerned, responsibility will be shared between the GP Samiti and the Nigrani Samiti. Every household using the toilet will be charged Rs. 30 per month for maintenance.
District Coordinator-SBM-G, Ms. Preeti Singh has informed that all safety precautions are being adhered to during construction. The Gram Panchayat Samiti has provided masks, gloves and sanitizers to masons and other workers while appealing to them to maintain social distancing through IEC activities, she said.