A partial view of Serchhip town in Mizoram  Credit: Twitter

Aizawl: Mizoram’s central Serchhip town has been preliminarily declared as Open Defecation Free (ODF) Plus, the first town to have such a tag in the state. Serchhhip district deputy commissioner and district sanitation task force chairman Sangchhin Chinzah announced the declaration in a meeting on Friday.

In order to attain this level of cleanliness from the existing ODF level, there are a number of compulsions to achieve and obligations to possess.

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To attain all these requirements, the District Sanitation Task Force in its earlier meeting had initiated various measures such as adoption of solid waste management by-laws under Solid Waste Management Rules, 2018, wide publicising of those rules and sensitisation to the public, construction and or maintenance of public toilet to the next level such as installation of wash base and even a looking mirror, self declaration of all local authorities in their respective area, among others.

After successfully clearing all the parameters, the Sanitation Task Force carried out another structural audit for toilet facilities for use during public meeting. On the basis of this meeting, the preliminary declaration was made on Friday.

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