GUWAHATI, Aug 30 - The Kamrup Metro district administration has set a target to make five goan panchayats (GP) located on the outskirts of the city open defecation free through construction of individual household latrines, besides other information, education and communication (IEC) activities, by October this year.
The GPs which have been selected are Amsing in Chandrapur block, Maloibari and Tetelia in Dimoria block, and Dharapur and Garal in Rani block.
Senior district administration officials told The Assam Tribune that work on individual household latrines in these GPs has already started and a number of households have been covered under the project so far.
�The project will be completed by October,� said an official, adding that the project will be carried out with a total funding of around Rs 2 crore.
The scheme is being implemented by Guwahati Public Health and Engineering Division-1 through some selected NGOs.
As per the plan, a total of 1,056 households will be covered under the project at Amsing GP, 1,545 at Maloibari GP, 1,021 at Tetelia, 445 at Dharapur and 296 at Garal.
Out of the total, till July, 196 households in Amsing, 222 in Maloibari, 280 in Tetelia, 35 in Dharapur and 41 in Garal have been covered.
�This month, more households have been added. The district administration has also decided to give an award of Rs 10,000 to the NGOs which can complete construction of the individual household latrines to make the GPs open defecation free within the stipulated time. This has been done to bring out a healthy competition amongst the NGOs,� said the official.
As part of the information campaign, meetings have been organised by the district administration with stakeholders like GPs, NGOs, PHE staff and citizens.
In addition, one GP in the district will be selected under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) and World Bank project for undertaking project on solid waste and liquid waste management. The preliminary work, including survey, for the project will begin from September 1.
Meanwhile, a 40 per cent target for the current 2015-16 fiscal year has been achieved for construction of toilets in the rural areas of Kamrup Metro district under SBA.
�Out of the total targeted 5,898 toilets for 2015-16, 2,216 toilets have been completed as on August 28. The rest will also be completed within the financial year,� said an official.