Bangalore, May 25: Biocon Foundation in collaboration with the Embassy of Ireland has launched the Biocon Foundation-Irish Aid Sanitation Programme at Huskur Gram Panchayat in Bangalore Rural district.
Mr Kieran Dowling, Ambassador, Republic of Ireland, inaugurated the first phase of the project covering 800 toilets in the Panchayat yesterday.
The Foundation had already built 220 toilets and the project would be completed by August this year, a Foundation release here said.
Last year, the Foundation and the Embassy of Ireland had decided to take up construction of toilets in backward villages at a cost of Rs 7,300 per toilet for which each family would pay Rs 1,000.
The Karnataka Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency of the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department of the state government, has provided technical and educational help for this project.
Under the Total Sanitation Campaign, the Karnataka government would reimburse Rs 1,200 to each BPL family that builds a toilet.
Speaking at the inauguration, Mr Dowling said, ''Hygienic toilets can greatly reduce the incidence of serious illnesses such as diarrhoea, dysentery, malaria and many other scourges. It also impacts on the quality of life and dignity of members of the community, and most especially women.'' Ms Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Managing Trustee, Biocon Foundation said in the 'International Year of Sanitation' Biocon Foundation and Embassy of Ireland reiterate their commitment to improve the quality of life of communities in the region.