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Rural Bangalore gets toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission


By Shivam Rai

Bangalore, Oct 6: The Gram Panchayat in Golahalli built 5 new public toilets which will be functional from next month.These new toilets were built at a cost of one lakh and eighteen thousand.

Gram Panchayat in Golahalli-K built 5 public toilets for the whole village.These toilets are built under Swachh Bharat Mission and will start to function from next month says Gram Panchayat.

The Gram Panchayat found that only 30 houses out of 602 had toilets in a survey in April. In the newly made toilets, water will be supplied from a borewell and a small tank above the toilety will ensure 24 hours water facility.A survey was conducted by the Gram Panchayat in April in which it found that 30 houses out of 602 do not have toilets due to insufficient space. .This is a good start by the Gram Panchayat to achieve the target of 40 lakh toilets by 2019.Under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,Kotresh.P,a farmer in Golahalli says, “It is a good step taken by Gram Panchayat to control open defecation which is making the nation dirty.”“We have got a great relief because of these toilets as this was a great problem for the women who didn’t have toilets in their homes and had to go out in the open fields,”says Vijaylaxmi,a resident and housewife in Golahalli.She doesn’t have  a toilet in her house.

These toilets were built under the Swachch Bharat Mission which aims to build 40 lakh toilets across India by 2019.

N Munichickiah, Panchayat Development Officer of Gollahalli said that the Panchayat will maintain the toilets for the first three months.The toilets will be cleaned every morning and then it will be the responsibility of the citizens to maintain them.

There has been a rise in building toilets by 60% in Karnatka and 6692398 toilets have been built all over India in the past 1 year according tosbm.gov.in. Karnataka is in top 5 states along with Delhi,Andra Pradesh,Punjab and Maharashtra as reported by Deccan Hearld in 2015.

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