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21 S Goa villages to be open-defecation free

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MARGAO

Come December and 21 out of 88 villages in South Goa will be declared open defection-free (ODF). The Centre has set a target to all states to become open-defection free by October 2019.

Deputy director of panchayats, South, Ajay Gaude on Monday informed, “We have identified three villages in each of the blocks after doing a survey. The reports have been sent to the secretary of panchayats. We have decided to declare 21 villages as ODF in the
first phase by December 2017.”

Gaude said that almost all people in the 21 villages have toilet facilities and hence it would be easier for them to be declared open-defecation free.

The government is weighing options on how to provide toilets to remaining people. It will either go for bio-toilets which will be funded under Swachh Bharat Mission or through the state funds, sources added.

“Government officials will also visit villages and find out how best they can resolve the landlord NOC issue. The option of having community toilets is also available,” Gaude added.

Villages of Pilliem, Bandol and Sancordem in Dharbandora block, Dramapur-Sirlim, Navelim and Velim in Salcete (block I) and Camorlim, Seraulim and Guirdolim in Salcete (block II), Velsao-Pale-Issorcim, Chicolna-Bogmalo and Nagoa in Mormugao block, Assolda,  Avedem and Fatorpa-Quitol in Quepem, Shristhal, Poinguinim and Agonda in Canacona,
Bandora and Veling-Priol in Ponda are selected, the report reveals. Selection of villages in Sanguem block will be done by Wednesday, it adds.

Three-hundred-and-two households have been identified as not having toilet for want of land, 258 are lacking toilets for want of NOC from the landlord, 483 households cannot have toilets of their own and the number of households which do not have toilets for other reason are 313.

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