Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 2:
Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan Thursday said the public sector body Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) would build 1021 bio-toilets in schools across the country, including 375 in two districts in Odisha, to provide hygienic sanitation to girl students.
The company would spend Rs 27 crore to build the bio-toilets under the Swachh Bharat Vidyalaya Scheme. Besides, other central PSUs like Nalco and Railways launched a series of cleanliness drives across the state.
“GAIL would build 375 bio-toilets in Khordha and Nayagarh districts in Odisha under the corporate social responsibility,” said Pradhan and added that the first bio-toilet would be set up at Sishupalgarh Central Primary School, on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar.
Pradhan launched the scheme by laying its foundation stone at the School.
The minister informed that construction has started in four districts – Khordha (243 toilets) and Nayagarh (132) in Odisha, East Godavari (336) in Andhra Pradesh and Jhabua (310) in Madhya Pradesh.
Expressing concern over lack of hygienic conditions in schools, which has been forcing girls to leave school, the Union minister said the government has planned to construct toilets in every school in the coming days under Swachh Bharat-Swachh Vidyalay scheme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of providing separate toilets for girl students by August 15 next year.