India: revision of unit cost of toilets for schools and kindergartens under Total Sanitation Campaign

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the increase in the revision of unit cost of a school toilet unit being constructed under the government’s Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) from existing Rs.20,000 [US$ 431] to Rs.35,000 [US$ 754] (Rs. 38,500 [US$ 829] for difficult and hilly areas). The CCEA has also approved the increase in the revision of unit cost of Anganwadi [kindergarten] toilets being constructed under the TSC from existing Rs.5000 [US$ 108] to Rs.8000 [US$ 172] (Rs. 10,000 [US$ 215] for difficult and hilly areas).

There will be no change in the funding pattern and it will remain same as 70% by centre and 30% by State. The revision in unit cost of School Toilets and Anganwadi Toilets will have an additional financial expenditure of Rs.353.74 crore [US$ 76.2 million] for the Central Government. The increase in unit costs will enable construction of good quality toilets as per plan and specifications. The revised unit costs will be made effective from 1st of April 2010.

The revision in the unit costs of school and anganwadi toilets is expected to accelerate the pace of construction of these toilets. It is expected that all the rural government schools and anganwadis shall get covered with sanitation facilities by March 2011.

The Government has so far constructed 9.97 lakh [997,000] school toilet units and 3.32 lakh [332,000] anganwadi toilets under TSC against a target of 13.04 lakh [1.304 million] school toilet units and 4.65 lakh [465,000] anganwadi toilets units respectively. Construction of the remaining toilets totalling to around 3.07 lakh [307,000] school toilet units and 1.33 lakh [133,000] anganwadi toilets is expected to be expedited with the revised unit cost norms.

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Source: PIB, 24 Jun 2010

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