Centre to extend low-cost sanitation

Published: 23rd November 2012 10:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2012 10:07 AM   |  A+A-

The Centre on Thursday decided to extend the Integrated Low Cost Sanitation Scheme (ILCS) to the 12th Five Year Plan and approved revising the Core Network under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

The meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the proposal of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation to extend the ongoing scheme with revised features and cost estimates.

The Centre would extend the financial support to the state governments to eradicate dry latrines from the urban areas at an estimated cost of `481.45 crore, of which the Central share would be `367.33 crore and the rest will be borne by the state governments and beneficiaries in the ratio of 3:1.

The cost ceiling has been realigned from the current level of `10,000 (fixed in 2008) to `15,000 and enhanced support has been announced for adoption of eco-friendly technologies like bio-digesters.

Under the PMGSY, the Centre decided to include 2,687 left-out unconnected habitations (as per 2001 census) in Tribal (Schedule-V) areas (other than 82 IAP districts already covered) and blocks adjoining International Border under Border Area Development Programme (BADP) and to provide new connectivity to these habitations, at an estimated cost of `5,929 crore.

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