Many households in the Tarai districts do not have toilets due to financial constraints and lack of land.
A toilet in Rangpur village of Yashodhara Rural Municipality in Kapilvastu. Manoj Poudel /TKP
In December last year, Rautahat was declared “open defecation free” district. While gaining the ODF status, Rautahat became the third district in Province 2 and 63rd district across the country to achieve the feat. According to local authority’s data, a total of 82,767 toilets were constructed in the last three years. Like any other district, the ODF declaration was celebrated amidst much fanfare.Read more: Nepal declared open defecation free, but people are still relieving themselves outdoors
KATHMANDU: Nepal has been declared as an open-defecation free (ODF) country amid a programme here today.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli made the declaration on this notable achievement Nepal made at a programme organized by Ministry of Water Supply in Kathmandu. The declaration was made in recognition of all 753 local units of 77 districts that had declared themselves ODF recently.Read more: Nepal declared open-defecation free country
Sanitation experts and even city officials themselves say there is nothing substantial behind the declaration.
The district of Kathmandu declared itself “open defecation free” on Tuesday, but across the capital city, piles of faeces await errant feet like mines, ready to explode upon contact. A walk from Jamal to Ratnapark and up the many overhead bridges should make it clear to anyone that the city of Kathmandu is anything but free of public defecation.Read more: Kathmandu has been declared open defecation free, but people are still pooping on the streets
Declaring Nepal open defecation-free is easy. The real challenge is keeping it so.
The government declared Nepal an open defecation-free country on September 30. It had previously aimed to free the nation from open defecation in 2017 at the fifth South Asian Conference on Sanitation. It is always good to hear that the country is making progress in the social sector, even though belatedly.Read more: Can Nepal remain open-defecation free?
KMC, the largest local body of the country ,has done precious little to be declared ODF zone. The Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration in the first week of July issued a circular to all local levels, including Kathmandu Metropolitan City, requesting them to expedite works to declare the country an open defecation free country by the end of September.Read more: KMC to be ODF even without enough public toilets