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All households in Burdwan district to have toilets: DM

Last Updated: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:20

Burdwan (WB): Altogether 80,000 individual household toilets have been constructed in Burdwan district during the current financial year, which is a record, a top district official said today.

The 80,000 individual toilets both in Below Poverty Line (BPL) and in Above Poverty Line (APL) households have been constructed in the district between April 2013 till February this year, which is a record, Burdwan District Magistrate Saumitra Mohan told PTI.

The Government of India has set a target that by March 2017 every individual household in the country should have a toilet.

But all households in Burdwan district would have individual toilets by March 2015 which is two years before the deadline set by the Centre, Mohan said.
Asked the reason for the success in constructing such a huge number of toilets, the district magistrate said rigorous monitoring and intensive field visits by district officials led by him are delivering sterling results.
In the financial year 2011-2012 around 50,645 toilets were constructed in both BPL and APL households in the district, he said.
In the last financial year 2012-2013 some 42,056 toilets were constructed in both BPL and APL households of the district, Mohan added.

High tech safety for Kedarnath pilgrims: Uttarakhand CM

New Delhi: Pilgrims to Kedarnath this year can use special mobile Apps for their safety and alert authorities in case of an emergency.

With the sacred portals of the Himalayan shrine, which bore the brunt of devastating floods last year, slated to be thrown open to devotees on May 4, the Uttarakhand government is gearing up.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat said his government will use modern technology including special mobile Apps for pilgrims to provide a safe and smooth yatra.
"Our first challenge is to ensure safety of pilgrims and we will use modern technology for that. We will strengthen our telecom network and will provide special mobile Apps to the pilgrims at the time of registration," Rawat, who took over charge from Vijay Bahuguna last month, said.

"They can press them if they are in any danger and remain connected with the headquarters. It`s just like women safety mobile Apps. We will establish the headquarters in Bheembali and Guptkashi," Rawat told PTI in an interview.

He said his government is also seeking special satellites for getting advanced information about any climatic change.

"Had those satellites been installed earlier, the damage would not have been to that scale last year. We are trying to get some satellites to know about the climatic changes in advance," the former water resources minister said.

He also said that BSNL network in the state will be upgraded and all funds have been sanctioned for this.

"We will also strengthen BSNL network in the state. State government has sanctioned the necessary funds for that. We are in talks with two-three companies for mobile Apps and one has already given presentation. We will implement this as soon as the yatra begins," he said, but did not elaborate on the technicalities of the Apps.

First Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 12:20

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