Sircilla (Rajanna): Sircilla Rajanna will be declared as the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district in Telangana State on January 26. District Collector D Krishna Bhaskar will make the announcement on the occasion of Republic Day.
Sircilla Rajanna is the first district in the entire State to have completed construction of 99.73 per cent Integrated Sanitary Latrines (ISL). Sircilla Assembly constituency had already created a record by constructing 100 per cent ISL units and the segment was declared as ODF on October 2, 2015.
With encouragement from IT, Industries and Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, who represents Sircilla, the erstwhile Karimangar district collector Neetu Kumari Prasad strove hard to achieve the target by completing 12,754 toilets. Vemulawada Assembly segment was also declared as ODF on December 19, 2015 with the completion of 11,975 toilets.
When the district was formed in the reorganisation exercise, there were about 22,000 toilets left to be completed. The new administration led by the collector Krishna Bhaskar made serious efforts to complete the pending units. Bhaskar conducted review meetings frequently with officials and awareness programmes were launched for public representatives such as sarpanches, MPTCs and ZTPCs.
The district was formed by including two new mandals Boinpalli and Illanthakunta. Since both Sircilla and Vemulawada segments were already declared ODF, it was that much easier for the new administration to achieve the target. According to statistics, a total of 1,09,540 ISL units were constructed as against 1,09,840 houses in the district.
Speaking to Telangana Today, collector Krishna Bhaksar said they managed to achieve the target with the cooperation of government officials, public representatives, beneficiaries and all sections of society. As part of their task, they conducted door-to-door integrated household survey where eligible beneficiaries were identified and sanctions accorded.
Micro-planning and clear targets were set for beneficiaries who had to complete construction of toilets and use them, he said, adding that bulk material procurement was achieved by planning for multiple gram panchayats at once.
In all, 7,699 toilets were constructed in Boinpalli mandal, 10,503 in Chandurthy, 12,993 in Ellanthakunta, 11,373 in Gambiraopet, 13,686 in Konaraopet, 10,965 in Mustabad, 15,271 in Sircilla, 13,304 in Vemulawada and 13,746 in Yellareddypet mandal.
In Sircilla municipality, 4,733 existing toilets were identified as without proper sanitation. They were taken up in a mission mode and converted over a period of a month. In many instances, existing and functional toilets were demolished and converted into proper toilets, Bhaskar said, adding that this was tougher than building new toilets elsewhere.