Guwahati| Nalbari district in Assam is poised to be declared open-defecation free by March this year.
The district administration plans to put in place 48,000 new sanitary latrines for below poverty line families by the end of this financial year.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Anant Lal Gyani said that under the project, the administration has completed construction of 16,000 new low cost latrines. “The remaining will be completed soon,” he said.
Around 39,000 existing latrines which have been lying defunct in the district will be restored under a special drive, he informed.
The drive, he said, will be carried out with the help of NGOs, individual contributions and donations.
The district administration has also launched drives to create awareness so that people avoid the habit of defecation in open places. “The initiative has witnessed construction of 9,000 latrines by above poverty line families themselves,” the DC said.
“The administration has launched an extensive drive to make the district open-defecation free by March 31 next. We expect to cover all the 1.60 lakh families of the district by that date,” he said.
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