Kakonhat pourasava achieving cent per cent sanitation

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Kakonhat pourasava achieving cent per cent sanitation

RAJSHAHI, Dec 5 (BSS): Kakonhat Pourasava under Godagari Upazila of the district is afoot to attain cent percent sanitation and safe drinking water with spontaneous community participation.

Remote and underdeveloped Kakonhat pourasava has established 11 community latrines in all its public places under the good practice program. It has been operating those successfully. In addition to the poor and marginal groups, non- resident people use the latrines free of cost.

Based on public recommendation and opinion, a need-oriented vision has been adopted in order to build the pourasava as green, clean, self- reliance and enlighten by 2015.

The major activities, scheduled to be implemented under the vision, included plantation of barind-friendly trees, ensuring safe drinking water, strategic uses of groundwater, restriction of open place stools and urinary emission, removal of unhygienic

latrine, smoke-free cooking, website and service delivery through own information center.

Pourasava Mayor Abdul Mazid revealed these while addressing a media briefing session at his office organized by Press Institute of Bangladesh under its Media Exposure of Good Practice of Pourasava program on Sunday last.

Besides the officials and staffs of the pourasava, large number of local people and leaders of influence were present on the occasion.

The Mayor said the 20.05 squire-kilometer area pourasava had been established in 2002 and its present population is 22,395 and 3318 households including significant numbers of disadvantaged aboriginals.

Despite of its location at remote high barind land and development- deprived area the pourasava is committed towards quality service delivery together with expediting the civic amenities gradually. As a result, it has been upgraded into B category from C within only seven years, Abdul Mazid informed.

He told the journalists that the good practices of the pourasava were detected through various indicators and said establishment and proper functioning of the 11 community latrines is the major outcome.

He, however, said achievement of cent percent sanitation is very difficult in such type of drought-prone area where crises of water is very acute especially during the dry season.

Uninterrupted water supply is the precondition to attain the total success he emphasized the need for best uses of the surface water.

Abdul Mazid put emphasis on groundwater recharging through enriching the surface water resources through necessary excavation and re- excavation of the derelict ponds and canals.

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