The capital has only 60 public toilets and needs 25,000 individual loos in slum areas to make it an open defecation-free zone, a prerequisite to becoming a smart city.
Ranchi municipal councillor Arun Jha disclosed these facts at a meeting in Sulabh International Social Service Organisation’s Ashok Nagar office to mark World Toilet Day on Thursday.
Sulabh International, active in 22 states of the country and Bhutan, has so far constructed 15 lakh toilets including 9,000 public loos.
Appreciating the Sulabh concept of public toilets, Jha said construction of 6,000 toilets in individual houses has been taken up in first phase.
He, however, did not seem satisfied with the progress of the construction work.
Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya said constructing an individual toilet cost Rs 12,000, of which the state government gave 50 per cent. “Funds have been released to 3,000 persons,” he said.
Mayor Asha Lakra said it was essential for Ranchi to become open defecation-free to become a smart city. An advisor to Sulabh International K.N. Shrivastava said that was possible only if all houses had toilets.