Govt to spend over Rs 2,100 cr for toilets in 1,649 villages

Government will spend over Rs 2,100 crore to build toilets and sewage treatment plants in 1,649 identified villages situated along both sides of Ganga river in five states, the Lok Sabha was told on Thursday.

PTI| Updated: Dec 05, 2014, 00:21 AM IST

New Delhi: Government will spend over Rs 2,100 crore to build toilets and sewage treatment plants in 1,649 identified villages situated along both sides of Ganga river in five states, the Lok Sabha was told on Thursday.

"A total of 1,649 Gram Panchayats in 5 states have been identified as being situated along the banks of River Ganga.

"The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has prepared an Action Plan to make all these Gram Panchayats free from open defecation to implement in them appropriate Solid and Liquid Waste Management activities," government said in a reply in the Lok Sabha.

Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ram Kripal Yadav said the cost to provide individual household latrines to all uncovered households in these Gram Panchayats and to initiate Solid and Liquid Waste Management activities, as per provisions of the Swachh Bharat Mission, is Rs 2,112.65 crore, of which the Centre's share is Rs 1,571.62 crore.

These activities are being implemented using resources available under the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA)/Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) released by the ministry to the states, he said.