In a mission to provide all rural households with individual toilets in Perambalur district, the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) built 4,666 toilets in 121 villages in 48 hours under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
The Times of India reported that around 4000 workers were part of constructing toilets in the district. It also included workers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). The work took started at 7am on February 13 and was completed at 7am on February 15.
The total cost of the work was Rs 7.20 crore with 6.60 lakh hollow cement blocks, 3.60 lakh concrete cement rings and 30,000 cement bags utilised for the construction of toilets.
Moreover, 2,000 masons and several engineers from government departments were given training on February 12 for the construction work.
Officers told TOI that special training sessions were also conducted in four unions across the district.
A co-ordinator of DRDA, Raajaboopathi, said that they had planned to construct 6,000 toilets but were only able to construct only 4,666 toilets.
He added that they had to build total 78,635 toilets by March, of which 46,166 toilets had been built.
The work was supervised by collector K Nandakumar at Thirumanthurai along with other officials. A nodal officer was assigned to supervise the construction in each of the 121 village panchayats. Each unit costed Rs 12,000 and was constructed with full government subsidy, T Sridhar, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency told The Hindu.
About 800 toilets were built in Perambalur, 1,1100 in Veppanthattai, 1,500 in Alathur and 1,266 were completed in Veppur.