Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor and SBI build 200 toilets at Nallurahalli village

Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor and SBI build 200 toilets at Nallurahalli village

Submitted by Newseditor on Mon, 2016-02-15 15:06 Bengaluru: A joint effort by a public sector banking giant and IT professionals living in Bengaluru has resulted in the building of toilets at Nallurahalli gram panchayat.Around 200 houses in the gram panchayat, located around 40km from Bengaluru, have been provided with toilets by the Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor (RBITC), which built the toilets with funding from the State Bank of India (SBI).  The RBITC has plans to add 800 more toilets in the next nine months at all nine villages falling under the Nallurahalli gram panchayat.“We felt sad when we heard as to how women in these villages had to attend nature’s calls just before dawn. Therefore we stepped forward to do something,” said Nitesh G Shah, President, Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor. Hailing from Gujarat, Nitesh, who has been living in Bengaluru for the past 10 years and speaks fluent Kannada, said he and his team were “overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the villagers and president of the gram panchayat”.For the first phase of the initiative, the SBI provided about Rs36 lakh, with each toilet costing about Rs18,000 to build.NGOs and techies in Whitefield have also installed a water treatment plant costing Rs4.5 lk at Ramagundanahalli High School. Buoyed by the success of the project, water treatment plants will be soon installed at four other schools in Siddapura, Himadahalli, Varthuru and Nalluruhalli.“We observed that children at the school were prone to stomach problems caused by drinking impure water. So we installed the water treatment plant which provides pure drinking water for the schoolchildren,” said Nitesh.The RBITC in association with the SBI and NGO Whitefield Rising have also developed the library located at the Whitefield NR Circle Park Library. “The old library had about 500 members and was operating since 20 years. We gave a new look to it,” said Nitesh.There are also plans to have e-toilets next to the library, a running track and a volleyball court as well, said Nitesh.Nitesh said it was important to take responsibility and not wait for the government to act. “We cannot wait for the government to develop our localities. We cannot blame them as they have to look after several sectors. Since we have fundraisers and an educated population in our locality we can take up many projects on our own,” said Nitesh.