Dipayal, April 3 With the onset of summer season, Open Defecation-Free VDCs have started to reek in Doti as toilets made of hay, dry grass and bamboo sticks collapsed in the rains. The toilets were reportedly built in haste just to declare the VDCs Open Defecation-Free zones. The stench emanating from the dilapidated toilets is causing the entire village to suffer. Though Sanitation Strategic Plan was framed to announce Doti an Open Defecation-Free district within 2015, the plan has yet to be implemented.

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Engineer Prakash Rawal of far-western regional Drinking Water and Supervision Office, Dipayal, said Doti could not be declared Open Defecation-Free district due to delay in declaring Silgadi Municipality an Open Defecation-Free zone. Rawal said the dilapidated structures were in serious need of repair. “One month into the declaration of ODF zone and the toilets have developed cracks and water taps have gone dry,” Rawal said. Khagendra Singh, chairman at Drinking Water and Sanitation Journalists’ Group Doti said the stench had become unbearable after the toilets collapsed. Singh complained that though the District Drinking Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee had mounted pressure for repair of the toilets, their pleas had been in vain. Narendra Khadka, chairman of Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Doti Chapter, said the toilets had collapsed early as the VDCs were declared ODF zones without proper monitoring.