Warangal Rural: Warangal Rural district is likely to be declared open defecation free (ODF) by the end of March 2018 with 92 gram panchayats already boasting of the tag and the construction of individual sanitary latrines (ISLs) nearly complete in 40 villages, authorities said.
According to official sources, three mandals — Duggondi, Damera and Geesugonda — of the total of 15 mandals will be declared ODF by December-end, while Athamkur and Narasampet mandals will join the league next month. Apart from ODF, the officials are also focusing on cleanliness and personal hygiene of individuals.
Collector Prashant Jeevan Patil appointed special officers for each mandal to ensure the district bags the ODF tag. He has been inspecting related works regularly too by touring villages at least twice a week. Speaking to Telangana Today, Patil said 40 villages will be declared ODF by this month-end. “Since our district is completely a rural one, there was no much awareness among the people about ISLs. But now, we are educating them ISLs,” he said.
The officials are also focusing on magic soak pits that absorb waste and stagnant water, putting an end to the mosquito menace. These pits are being constructed along with ISLs at several villages, officials said.
As Warangal Urban district was already announced ODF in November, the officials of the rural district are particular about getting the tag too by March-end.