Functional toilets, SLWM make Golugonda GP ODF Plus

Having put in place effective systems to manage solid and liquid waste and after ensuring toilet usage and visual cleanliness of the village, Golugonda Gram Panchayat in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh has declared itself as ODF Plus.

As per the guidelines issued by the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DDWS), Ministry of Jal Shakti, an ODF Plus village is one that is visually clean, maintains it ODF status and has effective arrangements for solid and liquid waste management.

In addition, the village which has a population of 3216 individuals has 42 functional public tap connections and 631 private taps: its water resources coming from 3 overhead service reservoirs (OHSR) and 3 ground level service reservoirs (GLSR).

Visual cleanliness:  That clean surroundings and safe sanitation practices are important for the health and well being of the community has been demonstrated to the community time and again through the various IEC activities that are conducted, as a part of the Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBM-G) programme.  In adherence to the message, sanitation workers have been employed to clean the roads and collect wet and dry waste separately from households every morning.

Accessibility to functional toilets:   As many as 464 individual household latrines were constructed in the village during SBM-G Phase I. These toilets are being used by all members of the community. 

Liquid Waste Management: Although soak pits have been sanctioned for the village, their construction is yet to commence.  However, liquid waste from every household is channeled into the drainage and there is no stagnation or overflow of wastewater on the village paths.

Solid Waste Management:  Much focus is being given to the management of solid waste which is processed in the Solid Waste Processing Centre shed.  Each day, sanitations workers/sweepers collect dry waste and wet waste separately from each household.  As much as 800 kgs of waste is collected daily.  Thereafter, dry waste is further sorted into paper, plastic, leather, glass, and cold drink bottles and stored at the shed.  As for wet waste, it is transferred into the vermicompost pits.

Wall Writings:  Wall posters and paintings have been pasted at various public spaces to spread awareness about safe sanitation practices and the need to keep the village clean and green.

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