Tripura urges Centre to extend urban sanitation policy in NE

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Agartala, Nov 17 (UNI) The Tripura government has urged the Centre to extend recently launched National Urban Sanitation Policy.

State Rural Development Minister Jitendra Choudhury today said the policy was to ensure clean and healthy cities and towns across the country.

He said since the policy did not mention whether the creation of infrastructure for sanitation would be available here, his reqeust was to ensure such scheme should be extended in the northeastern states.

The minister said the scheme was to create awareness and behavioural change, elimination of open defecation, integrated city wide sanitation, safe disposal and proper operation and maintenance of all sanitary installations.

The main elements of the policy are financial assistance for state level sanitation strategies and city-level plans and Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), promoting Public Private Partnership (PPP), awareness generation and capacity building etc, Mr Choudhury pointed out.

The policy envisages an annual rating schemes for all Class-I cities and institution of an annual award, he said, adding that Centre had set a target to bring all Northeastern state under cent per cent sanitation coverage during the 11th Five Year Plan, which includes the access of all urban dwellers to use safe and hygienic sanitation facilities.

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