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Construction of individual toilets has begun in Panaji

Goa : construction of individual toilets has begun in Panaji, more than a year after the state capital declared itself open defecation-free.The work, undertaken by Sulabh International, has started at Aivao, the ward that had the highest requirement of toilets, 46, mayor Uday Madkaikar said.“These are all individual toilets, one for each family. The first 15 are expected to be ready by next week, after which work in other wards Ribandar, Mala, Bhatulem, St Inez and others will begin.

Despite tall claims, Panaji is not yet open defecation-free and has a shortfall of over 300 toilets. It has missed several deadlines to make itself ODF.The construction cost of 310 single-seater, pour-flush latrines, is estimated at Rs 1.6 crore and is being financed under the 14th Finance Scheme.The corporation declared its jurisdiction in August last year, promising toilets by Diwali. A month later, mayor Madkaikar said councillors were pressurised into signing certificates stating that their wards were ODF.

The News24 Goa

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