Bhojpur gets an inclusive & integrated WASH complex

The newly constructed community sanitary complex (CSC) in Bhojpur District of Bihar is both inclusive and integrated with toilet facilities for men, women and persons with disability, several dozens of trees planted around the building and a rainwater harvesting system.

The WASH complex has been built in a habitation belonging to the underprivileged community mainly from the Scheduled Class.  As many as 25 families of the village will use the complex.

Situated in Biwiganj village in Nawada Ben Gram Panchayat of Udwantnagar Block, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) complex is equipped with separate toilets for men, women and Divyang Jan with adequate water and handwashing facilities, according to Mr. Nikhil Singh, UNICEF WASH Consultant.

In addition, it has a functional rainwater harvesting system, complete with soak pit that will treat wastewater, prevent stagnation and at the same time, replenish the groundwater table.  Recently, around 200 saplings were planted around the complex under MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act). 

Given that the trees were planted under MGNREGA, there is a provision to hire a Vanposhak (gardener) to maintain the garden as well as the facility and he will be paid under MGNREGA.  Hence the project is a convergence between three Departments – SBM, MGNREGA and Panchayati Raj.

The total cost of the facility worked out to Rs. 3 lakhs: Rs. 2.10 lakh from SBM and 90,000 from PRI (15th Finance Commission).

Two soak pits have been constructed – one for the CSC and the other for rainwater harvesting, through MGNREGA.  Cleaning material will be arranged for daily use.  The CSC premises is surrounding by a fence made of barbed iron wire.  The district administration is in the process of forming a committee that will monitor operation and maintenance.

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