Chhattisgarh: Bio-toilets to be installed in slums in 11 cities

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Rajnandgaon, Feb 14: As a solution to the problem of increasing open defecation, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up bio-toilets in slums across 11 cities across the state.

According to media reports, the move follows the successful result of a project piloted in Raipur and Bilaspur, which was started in 2013. The bio toilets in these areas are managed by the local Mahila Arogya Samiti. A nominal fee is charged to the users here and the money goes into paying the salary of the caretaker and the cleaner.

It is reported that 30% of the people in the state do not have access to toilets and close to 80% of the slum dwellers resort to open defecation in Chhattisgarh. Bio-toilets would be a significant move in such a scenario. As per a household census in 2011, households having toilet facilities is less than 30%. Although the government has built many toilets, a number of them continue to be unused because of the unavailability of water in summer months.

The 11 cities that have been identified for the expansion of the project are Korba, Jagdalpur, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Bhilai, Dhamtari, Ambikapur, Koria, Raigarh, Raipur and Bilas.(Read)

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