Over the last few months, the district administration of Kodagu in Karnataka has engaged in multifarious activities to ensure ODF (open defecation free) sustainability. Among these are painting of individual household latrines (IHHL) and community sanitary complexes (CSCs) and mass awareness campaigns through various IEC activities.
Swachh Sundar Shauchalaya (SSS): The SSS campaign was held in all Gram Panchayats of the district. Moreover, to create awareness on the importance of using toilets, the activity was extended to schools (Swachh Sundar Shala Souchalaya); Anganwadis (Swachh Sundar Anganwadi Souchalaya); and to Community Public Toilets (Swachh Sundar Samudhaya Souchalaya). The best and innovative GP with largest community participation was felicitated at the district level.
Painting of community toilets: The entire district has adopted the Pay-and-Use model of community toilets. To ensure toilet usage and ODF sustainability, the district administration encouraged community participation through the painting of the public toilets. The exercise served to facelift the toilets.
World Environment Day: World Environment Day 2020, on the theme ‘Time for Nature’ was observed across the district for an entire fortnight. In this regard, a campaign titled, ‘Swachh Gram Swachh Parisar’ was held. It called for the best models of Liquid Waste Management both at household and Gram Panchayat level.
Swachh Meva Jayathe: To create awareness on ODF sustainability, many mass awareness activities were planned under a campaign titled, Swachh Meva Jayathe. This included Jathas or street plays, school competitions, shramdan (cleanup campaign), tree plantation, Swachhata Marathon, debate on the Best Practices of Sanitation and Hygiene, and felicitation of Swachhagrahis.
Solid Waste Management: Out of 104 Gram Panchayats, 94 Gram Panchayats have taken up Solid Waste Management activities. Among them, Kutta, Polibetta, Devarapura and Nanjarayapatna GPs have systems in place to decompose wet waste and recycle dry waste. The district is planning to saturate all villages with Solid Waste Management activities by December 2020.