Un­used funds to build pub­lic toi­lets may lapse

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’ s ( NMMC) plan to make the city open- defe­ca­tion free has hit a road­block.

Of the Rs1 crore funds that the state govern­ment has al­lot­ted to the NMMC to con­struct san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties such as pub­lic toi­lets and sewage lines over fi­nan­cial year 2015-16, the civic body has used Rs72 lakh. If it fails to use the bal­ance Rs28 lakh be­fore the end of this month, the amount will lapse, said a civic of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity.

“If the amount lapses, it will have to be given back to the state govern­ment. This is likely to ham­per the de­mand for more funds for fi­nan­cial year 2016- 17,” said the of­fi­cial.

“To en­sure the funds are used in time, the lo­cal ward of­fi­cers have re­quested the fam­i­lies defe­cat­ing in the open to col­lect the funds from their of­fices and con­struct pub­lic toi­lets,” added the of­fi­cial.

Dadasa­heb Chabuk­swar, DMC ( prop­erty), said, “One of the rea­sons for the drop in our rank­ing in the clean­est city sur­vey was due to the lack of progress on the open defe­ca­tion front.

The pace of work ini­tially was not ad­e­quate. We un­der­took a spe­cial drive from March 1 to 9 and reached out to th­ese fam­i­lies.

We are work­ing hard to en­sure the funds are utilised by the end of this month.”

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