In a recent development, Notified Area Council (NAC) in the district of Kotpad in Odisha, that had contributed 1,043 individual household toilets now declares itself an open defecation free under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
According to officials, “NAC comprises of 3,870 households and supports the total of 16,326 population, is open defecation free as all its citizens use toilets. Since, last two months, not a single case of open defecation had been reported at the canals, river banks and ponds of the town.”
“The biggest achievement for NAC is working in a mission mode. Besides contributing 1,043 individual household toilets, we have constructed 53 community toilets and 12 public toilets at several places in the town,” said Kotpad NAC executive officer Alok Ranjan Samantoray.
The hindrances which the officers and his team faced while motivating people not to defecate in open around four months ago were reported.
The official added, “Sanitation committees were formed in all the 13 wards of the NAC with local councilor as its chief to ensure open defecation free status, in coming days.”
“Our next project is providing a facility for safe drinking water connection to all households of NAC. The work for it is in progress,” averred Koraput collector K Sudarshan Chakravarthy.