Himachal Pradesh issues guidelines for construction of CSCs
Himachal Pradesh was the second State in the country after Sikkim, to be declared open defecation free (ODF) on 28th October 2016. The northern State that is frequented by tourists from around the world is now working towards becoming ODF Plus which includes sustaining ODF status, effective management of solid and liquid waste and construction of community sanitary complexes (CSCs) in public spaces where many people gather and for the floating population, so that no one is left behind.
With increase in generation of solid waste including plastics, management of the same is a huge challenge in both rural and urban areas of the country. To address this, the district administration of Peddapalli in Telangana has embarked on an initiative called Swaccha Shukravaram or Clean Friday and Panchasutralu (5 principles of waste segregation), both outreach programmes to carry out swachhata activities in all the villages.
Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh has developed three short videos which are being shown in every village for sensitization and awareness generation. Focus of this video is on the importance of toilets to protect the dignity of women.