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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Kathmandu: Four wards of Bungmati Village Development Committee, which are mostly the Newars settlements, have been declared an open defecation free zone from June 21. The areas were declared open defecation free zone under the initiation of Urban Environment Management Society (UEMS) and Water Aid Nepal. The four wards of Bungmati- Farsidol, Dadifat, Khoipu and Khoicha, are now declared as a free open defecation zones.

For the past few weeks, the locals of these four wards have been involved in constructing toilets at their own houses. The declaration came after various households in the village constructed toilets and expressed their commitment of not defecating outside the toilets.
The villagers organized a programme on Monday to mark the declaration. Addressing the programme, Director General of Department of Water Supply and Sewerage, Gajendra Thakur said that there was a need of forming a child club in order to give continuity to the campaign. After forming a child club at every school, the member students should be made aware about the sanitation and use of the toilet, he added. He said that his department was ready to provide the support for safe drinking water, health and sanitation.
Officer of Lalitpur District Development Committee, Bishnu Prasad Dhakal, informed that Bungmati -9 was the first ward of the Lalitpur which was officially declared as open defecation free zone.
Executive Director of UEMS, Dal Bahadur Singtang said that the locals should construct the toilets at every household and should give continuity to the use of toilet for achieving the goal of the campaign. Informing about the achievement at the area, Anil Sthapit, Director of Guthi stated that only 25 out of 162 houses had toilets until few years ago but now the number has reached up to 137. Speaking at the programme, Chairman of Drinking Water and Sanitation Users Committee, Tula Bahadur Lama, said that now the obligation of the locals had ended to defecate at open places after the construction of toilet at each household of the area.

Source: The Rising Nepal, June 23, 2010

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