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60,000 toilets to make Goa Open Defecation free

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Porvorim: Goa government will provide 60,000 toilets across the State with the cost of Rs 280 crore to make the coastal state Open Defecation Free (ODF), chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the House today. G

Congress MLA Wilfred D’Sa during the ongoing monsoon session of the State legislative assembly raised the issue of toilets to be provided to the deserving people under ODF scheme.

 “We will be fixing 60,000 toilets across the State to make it ODF under the Swatcch Bharat Abhiyan. State-run Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) will be tendering the purchase of the bio-toilets under this scheme by August 12, this year,” Parrikar said.

He said that the Directorate of Panchayat and Rural Development Agency (RDA) would be assisting the corporation to implement the scheme.

The tender would be floated by the Corporation but it is difficult for single contractor to provide 60,000 toilets in two-three months because of which we have decided to take on board seven to eight contractors, he said.

The total expenditure on this project is Rs 280 crore. Each of the toilet will cost between Rs 35,000-40,000 depending on their quality,  he added.

Responding to the question by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar that many of the beneficiaries will find it difficult to get NOC from their landowners, Parrikar said that 70 per cent of the beneficiaries own the land.

“Wherever we find it difficult to get the land, we will be constructing community toilets,” he said.

The Chief Minister also said that the existing laws would be amended to tackle the problem related to NOC from the landowner.

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