Gangtok, 17 Apr:
Sikkim has become the ninth State to be certified as Open Defecation Free (ODF) in all its Urban Local Bodies.
The news was confirmed through a letter from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to the Urban Development and Housing Department here.
The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched nationwide on 01 Oct, 2014. In Sikkim, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) is being implemented by the UD&HD while the implementing Ministry at the Centre is the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.
“With its launch in 2014, for the first time, a dedicated scheme on urban sanitation was extended to Sikkim, following which a State Mission Directorate under the UD&HD was established. The Mission Directorate is being supported by a State Project Management Unit,” a press communiqué from UD&HD, Government of Sikkim reads.
Besides providing toilets to individual households, public and community toilets are also being taken up under the Mission. Solid Waste Management is the other major priority under SBM-Urban for which Detailed Project Reports on Solid Waste are being implemented in all the seven ULBs. Additionally, two sanitary landfills at Ringdang in Mangan and Shipchu near Jorethang are being taken up, informs the press release.
The Open Defecation Free status was attained by seven ULBs namely Gangtok Municipal Corporation, Gyalsing Municipal Council, Naya-Bazaar Jorethang Municipal Council, Namchi Municipal Council, Singtam Nagar Panchayat, Rangpo Nagar Panchayat and Mangan Nagar Panchayat in the month of March 2018.
Assessments for the same were carried out by teams of assessors from the Quality Council of India (QCI), New Delhi.
14 States/ Urban Territories have been declared Open Defecation Free under SwachhBharat Mission (Urban) so far.