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Read How This Woman Got Made 176 Toilets In 45 Days At A Hubballi Village

  • IWB Post
  •  August 26, 2015


Khanapur village in Hubli has now 176 toilets. All thanks to Prema Timmangoudar who took the charge to end the issue of open defecation in this area.

Prema is the new president of Raddernaganur gram panchayat in Naragund taluk, Gadag district. Before she was elected, only 25 of the 200 households in the village had toilets. Prema started the work and made a target of 45 days to end this problem.

Prema told TOI, “I contested to make our village free of open defecation. I was elected unopposed. I assumed office on July 3 and started work in two days. I initiated the work under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan which provides Rs 12,000 subsidy to each villager to build a toilet at home and Rs 15,000 to SCSTs. Aiming to complete work before Independence Day, I approached a Koppal-based company which manufactures readymade parts for toilets, including roof and basement.”

What a steel woman she is!

One of the village women said, “Till now, my daughters and I had to wait till evening to relieve ourselves. We had to walk for at least 1km. Now, we don’t have to worry as we have a toilet at home.”

We certainly need more leaders like Prema!

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