Rural JK still defecates in open: Survey

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Pardeep Singh Bali

 

Belying tall claims of the state government of carrying forward its fight against open defecation, almost 43 percent of the rural households in Jammu and Kashmir are still defecate in open, reads a survey.

Meanwhile, owing to lack of funds, over 4282 individual toilets, envisaged to improve the situation remains in limbo.

The survey report states that about 42.3% households in rural JK still defecate in open. The statistics for the neihbouring Himachal Pradesh and Punjab are 8.9 percent and 8.6 percent only.

According to the survey report, about 6.8% of households in urban JK also defecate in open whereas the figures for the neighbouring Himachal and Punjab are 0.6% and 3.6% only.

Further, in the rural Jammu and Kashmir, only 46.8% of households have access to water for use in toilets and 98% of households have access to water for use in toilets out of the households having toilets.

The statistics for the rural areas in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab state are comparatively better.

In rural Himachal Pradesh, about 90% of households have access to water for use in toilets and 99.4% of households have access to water for use in toilets out of the households having toilets. The same figures for the state of Punjab are 84% and 98 percent, according to the survey report.

It further reads that in urban JK, 91.7% of households have access to water for use in toilets and 98.5% of households have access to water for use in toilets of the households having toilets whereas the figures for the state of HP are 99% and 100% while for the state of Punjab, figures are 93% and 97.7% respectively.

“With 75% and 78.5% of wards having sewer network in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab, the state of Jammu and Kashmir have only 58% of wards with sewer network”, it reads.

As far as solid waste management statistics are concerned, as on January 31, 2016, with a total number of 1163 wards in the state, there are 989 wards with door to door solid waste collection facility.

“Around 1792 metric tonnes of solid wastes are generated in the entire state and as on January 31, 2016, only 2% of solid wastes are processed against targeted 40 percent solid waste processing by March 2016”, the survey report reads.

According to the findings of the survey, in Himachal Pradesh, there are 502 wards with door to door facility of waste collection available in 167 wards.

“With regular generation of 300 metric tonnes of solid wastes in Himachal Pradesh, 20% of the solid wastes are being processed as on January 31, 2016 against targeted 25% processing by March 2016”, reads the findings of the survey.

In Punjab, there are 3065 wards with door to door collection of solid wastes available in 2000 wards.

“With generation of around 3900 metric tonnes of solid wastes on daily basis, there is facility for processing of 10 percent wastes against target of 50% processing by March 2016”, it further reads.

The survey report also reads that as on January 31, 2016, the Union government received 34, 933 applications from Jammu and Kashmir government for release of funds for the construction of individual household toilets.

“It (J&K Govt) has started work on 4282 individual toilets with no completion as on January 31, 2016”, it reads.

“Against targeted 125 numbers of community and public toilets, the state government has completed only 6 community and public toilets as on January 31, 2016”, it also reads.

Pertinently the state of Jammu and Kashmir has better liquid wastes disposal system compared to Punjab and Himachal Pradesh

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