Aizawl, Feb 3: Mizoram is gradually walking on the path of cleanliness with 173 villages out of over 700 villages in the entire state have now been declared open defecation free village or having household toilet.
A survey conducted by Public Health Engineer’s CCDU under Swatch Bharat Mission in 2012 reveals that there are about 24247 households being without toilet in rural areas and during last year about 3626 families have been clothed with domestic toilet.
Under the nationwide cleanliness programme, the state government is taking measure to make the entire villages of over 700 as open defecation free village and of these 173 villages have been officially declared open defecation free village or villages having toilet by each household, PHE officials told The Mizoram Post.
During last year the PHE department under National rural drinking water programme had tested about 1100 water samples in rural areas of which 53 samples were declared contaminated. Besides, 3882 water samples have been tested from 3416 sources in urban areas during last year of which 57 were found contaminated but there were no sample which were completely rejected or declared unsafe for drinking, according to department officials.
Speaking to the Mizoram Post, R. Lalbiaknungi, a sanitation consultant under PHE said that some of the public toilets being made in rural areas or villages have to be closed due to poor maintenance by the villagers and they were seldom used by public.
She added that the department received good cooperation from public both in urban and rural areas in connection with the ongoing Swatch Bharat Mission.