Jamshedpur: East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amit Kumar today directed drinking water and sanitation department officials, BDOs and circle officers to hold camps and door-to-door surveys in each of the 11 blocks to ensure that construction of 27,000 individual toilets are completed in rural areas across district before February 25. Directive was also issued that toilets in rural parts of Potka and Jamshedpur would be constructed by Tata Steel.
A door-to-door survey on assessing basic amenities will be carried. The team will interact with the people, ascertaining their satisfaction over provision of adequate basic amenities.
The team specifically enquired whether toilets were available in each and every house particularly while visiting residential areas where middle and lower income groups reside. . The objective of the survey is to encourage large scale citizen participation and create awareness amongst all sections of society about the importance of working together towards making towns and cities a better place to live in.
Over 2.23 lakh such public toilets have been constructed across the country under the flagship Swachh Bharat mission of the NDA government. Maintenance and cleanliness of public toilets have always been a cause of concern, which needs to be addressed to make the mission a success. To ensure that the drive is effective, citizens must have access to a grievance redressal mechanism and be aware of basic information about toilets they wish to use.
“People should be aware of the grievance redressal system. There is a Swachhta app and helpline where people can complain about cleanliness. All the information should be displayed clearly at the entrance of toilet blocks,” said a senior official of the ministry.
The government has said that urban local bodies are responsible for maintenance of public toilets in markets, fuel pumps, malls, commercial complexes, etc. These toilets have small equipment and users can register their their feedback on the cleanliness of toilets by pressing buttons.
The ministry has also asked state and urban local bodies to connect the public and community toilets in the cities with Google toilet locator service.