India: government approves increase in unit costs for school toilets
Updated - Thursday 22 July 2010
The Indian government has approved a 60-100% increase in unit costs for school and kindergarten toilets being constructed under the Total Sanitation Campaign. The cost revision, effective from 1 April 2010, means the central government will spend an extra US$ 76.2 million on school toilets. There will be no change in the funding pattern, with 70% of the costs covered by central government and 30% by state governments.
The unit costs for school toilets will go up from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000 [US$ 431 to US$ 754]. For the difficult and hilly areas the revised unit cost becomes Rs. 38,500 [US$ 829].
For anganwadi (kindergarten) toilets, the unit costs increase from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 8,000 [US$ 108 to US$ 172] and to Rs. 10,000 [US$ 215] for difficult and hilly areas.
The government expects that the revision in the unit costs will speed up construction so that all the rural government schools and anganwadis get sanitation facilities by March 2011. For this to happen 307,000 school toilets and 133,000 kindergarten toilets still need to be built.
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Source: PIB, 24 Jun 2010
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