The district administration of Siwan in Bihar is constructing as many as 1200 Community Sanitary Complexes (CSCs) in all the 239 Gram panchayats across 19 Blocks of the District in an effort to leave no one behind without access to sanitation.
According to District Coordinator-Siwan, Mr. Vinod Kumar, 1,200 CSCs have been mapped for Dalit/Mahadalit/landless hamlets.
As of now 42 CSCs are complete and will be handed over to the Gram Panchayats soon. Work for another 65 is currently underway, its progress having been delayed owing to the lockdown when construction work came to a complete halt for a few weeks.
Each of the CSCs has four toilets – 2 for men and 2 for women, a separate urinal unit for men and women and a bathroom. Piped water supply will be provided for the facility from a borewell.
Initially, the CSCs which are free for use by the entire community were being built at a cost of Rs. 2.40 lakh. This has now been increased to Rs. 3 lakhs to ensure better quality. The funds will be taken from the 5th Finance Commission Grant for sanitation promotion.
The District Coordinator has assured that all precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among masons and other workers. While physical distancing is being strictly observed, workers have been provided with masks, sanitizers and soap and water have been made available at work areas.