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Andhra Pradesh: Over 2,000 mechanised boats set to get bio-toilets by Arpit Basu June 25,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

Over 2,000 mechanised boats in the state are set to be equipped with bio-toilets. The National Fisheries Development Board, under the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana scheme, will finance the initiative. At Rs 30,000 per toilet, the project is estimated to cost around Rs 6.5 crore.
“We will fund the project and prepare guidelines for it within the next two or three days,” Rathin Raj, executive director of National Fisheries Development Board told TOI. On May 26, the fisheries minister Giriraj Singh had announced the Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana scheme, which aimed to “bring about a Blue Revolution through sustainable and responsible development of fisheries sector in India, with the highest ever investment of Rs 20,050 crore.” Construction of bio-toilets on fishing vessels is one of the key aspects of the scheme.

For years, boat owners in Andhra Pradesh managed without toilets on the mechanised boats, despite their long and arduous stay, some of which lasted for almost three weeks, at sea. “Recently we had done a survey on what needs to be done to maintain hygiene onboard following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. The survey revealed that bio-toilets were the need of the hour. Although the fishing season in on in full swing, we are confident that we

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