Toilet construction drive picks up pace in Dolakha

- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, Dolakha
Toilet construction drive picks up pace in Dolakha

Jan 24, 2015-

The trend of constructing toilets in the district has gained momentum after local authorities told local people that every family willing to own shares of the Upper Tamakoshi Hydro Project must have a toilet in their house.

District Development Committee officials who are going door to door to collect data for share distribution have been urging locals to toilets in order to own shares of the hydro project.

VDC secretaries said they adopted that strategy to declare the district an “open defecation free zone” by April 7 this year. The secretaries said the strategy has proven effective as even the residents neglecting repeated requests have started constructing toilets fearing that they might lose the shares. Narayan Sedhai, social development officer at the District Development Committee, said an estimated 10,000 toilets have been constructed after the strategy was adopted. Though some economically deprived families are troubled as they do not have the financial means to construct the toilets, VDC officials said they will provide financial assistance to such families.

Currently, only two VDCs in the district have been declared open defecation free zones. Local authorities said around 40,000 of the 50,000 households in the district have constructed toilets.

DDC’s Information Officer Bikram Karki, meanwhile, clarified that promoting toilet construction is only a strategy and it has nothing to do with share ownership. He said VDC secretaries adopted the method in order to make their campaign successful.

Published: 25-01-2015 09:42

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