Mumbai: KC college students construct 107 toilets in Saphale village

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 09:43 AM IST
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Mumbai: The students of Kishinchand Chellaram (KC) College have gone a step ahead to bring about social development and have constructed 107 toilets at Karvale in Saphale village in Palghar district. Over 250 students, part of the NSS (National Service Scheme) unit of the college, constructed 67 toilets in the year 2016.

The project for the social and economic development of this village was started in the year 2005 by the NSS unit which is a voluntary platform that focuses on social work. The students conducted a survey of this village which indicated that only three percent of the 1,450 population of the village had their own toilets. The remaining population including large number of women and children defecated in the open as the village consisted of 365 families with poor financial backgrounds.

The students constructed these toilets right from the grassroot level with digging the soak pit in the ground, laying bricks, filling in the cement and also painting the walls of the toilets. Sikandar Yadav, a volunteer of the NSS unit, told the Free Press Journal, “We worked with the local labourers of the village for a week and learned the entire process of constructing a toilet right from scratch. We dug almost four feet deep in the ground, broke rocks that were underneath and then laid the bricks. Now, if we are given a project to construct toilets we are confident that we can do it all by ourselves.”

For the past three months, the students worked in shifts from morning to evening and visited the village everyday to construct the different sections of the toilets. Prasheel Naik, a student volunteer, said, “We took alternate turns and visited the village in order to not miss on our lectures. The villagers were very supportive and cooperated with us without any complaints.”

The 67 toilets have been funded by a trustee of the college Niranjan Hiranandani. Satish Kolte, a professor and programme officer, said, “Our students have built an engagement with the people of the village and have worked for their social, economic and financial growth for the past ten years. Just like how the parents of these children allowed them to work for the society, we hope other parents and mentors will do the same.”

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