Sircilla, January 25
Rajanna Sircilla district is the first district to become open defecation free (ODF) district in Telangana State.
The one-year long efforts of Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao, who represents Sircilla constituency in the Assembly, in transforming Rajanna Sircilla district as open defecation free bore fruits.
KTR declared Vemulawada as ODF town last year. It is known that he allotted Rs 6 crore as special gift to the villages, as Panchayat Raj Minister.
The officials have followed the guidelines of the Minister. Village-wise committees were constituted to construct toilets. The owners of tractors, autos, DCMs, lorries have transported sand, bricks and other materials free. Cement, pipes, doors and other items needed for toilets were purchased wholesale to lower the expenditure.
The officials constructed hundreds of toilets within 24 hours. They made announcements in villages with drum beating that fine will be imposed on those, going for open defecation. This forced most of the people to use individual toilets.