53,000 houses in Goa have no toilets

Panaji, Dec. 5, 2013: Goa might boast of positive socio-economic indicators like high per capita income and literacy rate, but inflow of migrant workers is rapidly altering the state's demographics.

New census 2011 data released on Wednesday by the directorate of census operations, Goa, indicates that residents of as many as 53,003 households defecate in the open in the state and residents in 1,273 houses live in complete darkness with no electricity available. Treated tap water is not available for drinking to 28% of the households and 26% live in houses that are vulnerable in nature.

Census officials admit that temporary dwellings of migrant workers at construction sites accommodated as 'households' in the census data is one of the reasons for the poor indicators.

At a data dissemination seminar on Wednesday, census officials revealed that residents of around 20% households in Goa do not have toilet facility available within the premises where they reside and make use of public toilets, toilets where the night soil is let out into open drains, waste taken care of by animals or just defecate in the open.

While 1,273 households in Goa do not have any source of light after sunset, 7,797 are lit by kerosene lamps, 576 with oil lamps and another 400 houses use other forms of lamps.

Salcete was seen to have the highest concentration of houses without toilets within the premises and sans electricity connections. Margao, Cuncolim, Verna, Raia and Benaulim house most of these households, according to the data.

Wells, rivers, canals, tanks, lakes, ponds, tube wells, hand pumps are some of the sources of untreated drinking water for 28% of the households in the state, as per the data released on Wednesday.

While 73% households in Goa were found to use LPG for cooking, 27% still make use of sources like biogas, charcoal, crop residue, cowdung, kerosene, wood etc.

Another 20,855 live in dilapidated houses in Goa. While close to 70,000 houses were reported to have walls made of non-durable material such as grass, thatch, bamboo, plastic, mud, unburnt brick and wood, in case of over 40,000 houses the roofs were made of vulnerable material. (Source: TNN)

  • Content Type: Goa

05-12-2013 | Posted by Admin