Unused funds to build public toilets may lapse
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.”