Pondicherry is free from open defecation
Lieutenant Governor announces Gandhi Jayanthi; says it’s a historic day for UT
The government said on Tuesday that Pondicherry was free from open defecation in a ceremony to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth.
Minister of Public Works A. Namassivayam read the statement in the presence of Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, Minister of Education R. Kamalakannan, Deputy R. Radhakrishnan and senior officials. “It is a historic day for Pondicherry,” said the lieutenant governor, declaring Pondicherry ODF.
Ms. Bedi said in a post that women have benefited the most from ODF.
“The rural project officer reported that the women of Pondicherry were the 100% beneficiaries of the movement. They have a protected space for sanitary facilities that they never had before, ”said the lieutenant governor.
She said the construction of toilets had reduced incidents of sexual abuse in rural areas. This has given women back their dignity and physical health as they can use the toilet whenever they want, Ms. Bedi said. “We still have a few issues to resolve, such as toilets in rented houses in rural areas and houses built on the temple. These issues will be resolved in the coming weeks, ”he said.
In a presentation, project officer P. T Rudra Goud, said the initial estimate was to build 9,626 toilets in urban areas and 45,403 toilets in rural areas. Later, the numbers were reworked to 8,611 and 28,002 in urban and rural areas respectively.
Cost of toilets
The total cost of a double pit toilet was ₹ 20,000. The central government has donated £ 12,000 per toilet for rural areas and £ 4,000 for urban areas.
The remaining amount was spent by the government of Pondicherry.