About 2 months ago, the district administration of Baran in Rajasthan built a community sanitary complex (CSC) in Shobhagpura village of Kishanganj Panchayat Samiti. The people of the village that is home to 2820 individuals are delighted with the facility that is situated in an area frequented by people, ensuring that both visitors and the public have access to it when outside their homes.
As a result, there is no stray incident of open defecation, District Coordinator – Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen, Mr. Manish Sharma said. Even the elderly and others in the village believe that open defecation is an affront to the dignity, health and well-being; and therefore, are determined to use toilets.
The entire village that has a predominantly SC/ST/Backward population is even willing to pay a small sum per household for its maintenance, although they are not being charged as of now. A borewell pump has been installed to supply water and panchayat officials have organized for cleaning and availability of soap.
SBM-G is striving to ensure all people have access to safe sanitation services, including toilets. In that sense, CSCs will ensure access to all and ensure the sustainability of ODF status.
Baran is planning to construct as many as 230 CSCs across the district. Of these, 179 CSCs have been completed and handed over to the GPs. The remaining CSCs are likely to be completed by 30 June 2020, Mr. Manish Sharma said.
Majority of the CSCs are being constructed in habitations belonging to backward communities and also near bazaars, bus stands and congested areas. They would cater to visitors and travellers as well as those congregated for village events. They are free for use.
Operation and maintenance of the CSCs built at a cost of Rs. Two lakhs each is the responsibility of the Gram Panchayat Secretary and Sarpanch who will appoint a committee to take care of the facility.
To make certain that there is adequate water, a tube well connection is being fixed.
For use of the masons, labourers and other workers involved in toilet construction, the district administration has organized availability of soaps, sanitizers and masks. The practice of social distancing and daily toilet cleaning is being observed.