Eleven villages from the north eastern State of Sikkim declared themselves ODF (open defecation free) Plus recently, through a resolution passed by the respective Gram Panchayats. They have fulfilled the ODF Plus parameters stipulated by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti.
Here are the ODF Plus villages:
|1||East Sikkim||Gangtok||Tathangchen Syari (Rongay Tathangchen)||Rongay|
|2||East Sikkim||Ranka||Rawtey Rumtek||Rawatey-Rumtek|
|3||North Sikkim||Chungthang||Lachen Dzumosa||Lachen|
|4||North Sikkim||Dzongu||Hee Gyathang||Gnon-Samdong|
|5||North Sikkim||Kabi Tingda||Navey Shotak||Navey|
|6||South Sikkim||Namchi||Mikhola Kitam (Kitam Manpur)||Kitam|
|7||South Sikkim||Sumbuk||Lungchok Kamarey||Lungchok|
|8||West Sikkim||Chumbong||Samsing Gelling||Gelling|
|11||West Sikkim||Yuksom||Thingle-Khachodpalri||Thingling – II|
All these villages have fulfilled the parameters of:
- 100 per cent usage of individual household latrines and one Community Sanitary Complex (CSC) per village
- Proper management of solid and liquid waste, particularly plastic
- No littering within the village premises
According to State Mission Director, Ms. Sarika Pradhan, the process of verification of these villages is currently underway. The District Collectors who are ensuring that all safety protocols are being observed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, are also responsible to ensure that the ODF Plus status is sustained.
While management of solid waste has existed in Sikkim for decades, soak pits are being constructed in all villages to take care of liquid waste. Soakpits help recharge ground water table and at the same time, treat wastewater which can be reused for gardening purposes. They prevent wastewater stagnant that can lead to vector-borne diseases, allowing villages to remain clean and tidy.