7 Telangana districts to be open defecation free by March 31: govt

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The district collectors have been asked to complete construction of individual toilets as per the chief secretary’s orders.

Hyderabad: Seven districts in Telangana would be open defecation free by March 31 this year, Chief Secretary SP Singh said on Thursday. There are 31 districts in the state.

Singh, who held a video conference with district collectors on the progress of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ in rural areas with Union Secretary for drinking water and sanitation Parameswaran Iyer, said chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has ordered that Telangana should be made open defection free by October 2, 2018.

Singh asked the district collectors to complete construction of individual toilets as per Rao’s orders, a state government release said.

Singh urged the Central official to provide appropriate funds to the state in achieving the goal, it said.

The release quoted Iyer as having said that Telangana achieved excellent progress in implementation of ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ (rural).

Iyer also said other states would be asked to study the practices being followed by Telangana in solid-liquid waste management, according to the release.

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