- Abhijit Nath, NET Correspondent, Tripura
Agartala, 20th September 2022: Tripura Water and Sanitation Minister Sushanta Chowdhury said on Tuesday that every Gram Panchayat and ADC village in the state will be ODF Plus free, this i.e. solid and liquid waste, over the next three years.
Inaugurating a state-level program on “Swashhata Pakhwada” under Phase II of the Swachh Bharat (Gramin) Mission during the year 2022-23 at the initiative of the Department of Clean Water and Agartala Town Hall Sanitation, Chowdhury said that the “Swachhata Pakhwada”-II phase was launched in 2019 with the aim of taking transparency to another level in ODF declared areas. For this, construction of toilets, social toilets, management of solid and liquid waste, vegetable garden, development of a drainage system, supply of garbage cans, Gobardhan projects have been launched.
Speaking on the occasion, the DWS Minister said that the program will be implemented in 400 villages in each first and second year and in the remaining village committees and village panchayats in the third year. He said that based on transparency and a clean environment, ideal villages should be built in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized transparency for 25 years. As a result, the country was able to successfully form Swachh Bharat today. He urged public officials and relevant departments to work with a more constructive approach to sensitize rural people on sound and proper liquid waste management.
Focusing on the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), Chowdhury said the state has exceeded the national average in providing clean water to every household. However, in the coming days, along with the creation of water sources, water conservation should also be given equal importance. He said public officials and officials at all levels should work to ensure that good governance activities are not left out in every house.
Speaking on the occasion, DWS Department Secretary Kiran Gitte said that due to a lack of proper business management and awareness, water bodies in the state are also being polluted by the water, plastic, etc., as well as agricultural land. He also caught the attention of leaders present in the program for the involvement of SHG women in villages as well as cities across the state for waste management.
Chief Engineer of DWS Shyamlal Bhowmik, Professor Arunabh Majumder from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Chandicharan Dey, Coordinator of Ramakrishna Mission Council were present. Rajib Majamder, DWS department officer, delivered the welcome speech on the occasion. The program was attended by leaders and activists from different levels from Zilla Parishad, Panchayat Samiti, Gram Panchayat and Village Committee.