A Sulabh International toilet near Jubilee Park. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar has warned Sulabh International Social Service Organisation of blocking flow of central funds, kicking up a stink over the leading sanitation outfit’s tardiness in setting up public toilets in the city.
During a review meeting at Circuit House on Thursday, the local MP pulled up the non-government organisation for its failure to construct an adequate number of individual toilets in residential areas as well as public ones across the steel city.
He also set Sulabh International a target of 5,000 individual toilets in areas under the Mango notified area committee (MNAC) within a year.
Kumar told The Telegraph that the Union urban development ministry earmarked need-based funds for Sulabh International for construction of the sanitation centres in cities across the country.
“But surprisingly, the organisation has been lagging behind in Jamshedpur. If we do not see any improvement in its pace of work by July, I will recommend to the urban development ministry to stop release of their funds,” said the MP.
An individual toilet which requires funds to the tune of Rs 29,000 comprises a single room (4ft x 3ft) with a pan size of 2ft in length.
In the past four years, 25 individual toilets have been constructed in the city, while 25 are nearing completion.
The MP, however, said that the NGO should have crossed the 100-mark to keep pace with the growth of the city.
The JVM leader has also asked local urban bodies MNAC, Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai municipality to provide lists of feasible areas to Sulabh International for setting up public toilets.
“We want construction of public toilets to begin by July 15, otherwise we will push for stopping funds to Sulabh International,” said Ajoy Kumar.
A public toilet, which can accommodate a minimum of five persons, has a septic tank, bore well motor, caretaker room and a drain. The cost of one public toilet is roughly Rs 16 lakh.
State deputy co-ordinator of Sulabh International U.P. Ojha, who attended the review meeting, said they would immediately take up construction of public toilets if they were provided with the lists by the local urban bodies.
“Usually, it takes four to six months for building a public toilet. We have already completed 68 public toilets in the city,” said the official.