Various leaders from Hohos, unions, organizations and students raised their voice and suggested for proper planning and implementation for proper sanitation system to make Dimapur a clean city at the sensitizing workshop on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) held at IMC hall, fellowship colony on Monday.
The workshop, a first of its kind in Dimapur was held on the theme, “Good sanitation ensure sustainable livelihood”. The programme was sponsored by Communication and Capacity Development Unit (CCDU), PHED Kohima and jointly organized by Naga Women Hoho and Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) Dimapur.
Taking part at the discussion hour, the participants put up various suggestions at the workshop including dustbins to be made compulsory for all shops in and around Dimapur; proper toilet facilities and educating the people on sanitation.
Giving a presenting on TSC in Nagaland, resource person Er. Mersen project director rural sector PHED Dimapur said as per 2001 census only 21% of rural population had access to toilet facilities in India, where the estimated percentage of rural household with access to sanitary toilet was about 13% in Nagaland during 2001.
In Nagaland, the TSC programme was first introduced in three districts- Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung during 2000-01, that was followed by Zunheboto district during 2002-03. After a gap of four years, more TSC district were sanctioned- Mon (2005-06), Peren, Wokha, Phek and Tuensang during 2006-07. According to Mersen, Dimapur and Mokokchung continued without getting any central share after the first installment was released in 2000-01, while Kohima received the 2nd installment as it was under DRDA.
The project director in his paper presentation said that it was only after a gap of 10 years the project implementation was revived and the work progress was picking up after the second installment was released in 2009-10.
It may be mentioned that the projects for the two lately created districts- Kiphire and Longleng have been approved by the National Level Scheme Sanctioning Committee and the order is awaited for implementation of TSC.
The total outlay for the state (eleven districts) under Total Sanitation Campaign is Rs 84.02 crore and by spending an amount of Rs. 17.56 crore, the state so far, had been able to cover the following: Individual Household Latrine (IHHL) - 35%; School Toilets -44%; Angawadi toilets- 50% and Women Sanitary Complexes- 66%.
In 2008, eight villages in three districts have won Nirmal Gram Puraskar and in 2009, 42 villages from nine districts bagged the award.
Er. K.K. Rengma S.E. Kohima circle II PHED Kohima elaborating on vital issue on sanitation termed sanitation as safely disposing off human excreta, keeping oneself, house and surroundings clean. Stating that Dimapur town had sanitation, drainage and garbage problem the resource person called upon the responsible citizen to cultivate civic sense for clean environment instead of leaving it to DMC.