CMC Udupi receives Open Defecation Free city Certificate
Udupi: Under the Open Defecation Free city Campaign the Udupi City Municipal Council has been declared as the first CMC in the State among the municipal bodies having a population between one and five lakh in the State as Open Defecation Free city.
A Certificate was handed over to president Meenakshi Madhava Bannanje by Abhinav Yadav, Project Manager, Quality Council of India and Swacch Bharat Mission – Open Defecation Free Campaign on September 28 at the CMC Auditorium here.
Speaking on the occasion president Meenakshi Madhava Bannanje said that Udupi City municipality had given importance in utilising the funds allotted for the welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Differently Abled for the construction of toilets.
A total of 166 families had built toilets under all these schemes taken together in the city. The CMC had built 56 community toilets at the workers colonies. The CMC has already identified places where it would build community toilets at a cost of Rs. 40 lakh in the coming days. The CMC has also instructed the Builders to built toilets for migrant workers in their area, she said.
Abhinav Yadav, Project Manager, Quality Council of India and Swacch Bharat Mission – Open Defecation Free Campaign said that the QCI is constantly monitoring the mission’s progress. This is how it works: As per the protocol for third party verification and certification of ODF status – each ward and city first declares itself as ODF and then by the respective urban local body or state. In Udupi a team of QCI visited and conducted the survey in Schools, Railway Station, Bus-stand and labour colonies.
Simultaneously a declaration was obtained from the heads of schools stating that they had the required infrastructure not only in the school, but also that staff members, students and their family members used toilets at home or community toilets for defecation.
A similar declaration was obtained from self help groups that residents of the respective wards were not defecating in the open. Later, the president and councilors of the CMC give a declaration that the city is ODF, he said.
Sandhya Kumari vice president CMC, Manjunathaih Commissioner, Prashanth Bhat, standing committee president, Yuvaraj former president, Rohini district information officer, Raghavendra health officer CMC, Purandara Kotian AEE CMC and others were present.