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Monday, 9 July 2012

Sanitation project in limbo in West Bengal,India

With the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) delaying identifying beneficiaries for the integrated sanitation programme, people living below the poverty line in the twin cities are once again being denied the opportunity to live a better life.

Even two years after the project was launched, the HDMC has not shown much interest to complete the survey of beneficiaries on time and submit a report to the government to fast-track the proceedings.

In the absence of proper sanitation facilities, these people of a lesser god are forced to go through the ignominy of attending nature's call in the open and living in unhygienic conditions.

The much-hyped sanitation programme, funded by both the central government and the state government, is aimed at providing toilet facilities for all the BPL families.

In 2009, the municipal corporations in the state were asked to conduct a survey to identify the beneficiaries and submit a report to the government. Under the project, each family will get Rs 9,000 for the construction ofa toilet and another Rs 1,000, if they do not have a safety tank.

According to sources, the NGO, which was vested with the responsibility to conduct the door-to-door survey, has abandoned the project abruptly citing difficulty in getting documents from people. Though it undertook the work in 2010, it made no headway.

The corporation is now planning to call fresh tenders for the survey.

NGO head Gurushantappa told TOI that they covered 5,000 BPL families during the survey and found it difficult to collect all the documents from them.

"If the corporation is ready to give the work again, we will finish it soon," he claimed.

HDMC special officer S H Naregal admitted that there is a delay in the process as the NGO failed to collect all the required details from the beneficiaries.

Source :- http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-06/hubli/32565407_1_hdmc-hubli-dharwad-municipal-corporation-sanitation-project

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