SKDRDP is committed to total health and sanitations in rural areas. For this purpose SKDRDP has actively supported construction of individual toilets in villages and towns. For this purpose SKDRDP has popularized several models including the UNICEF model, the twin pit pour flush model.
On account of our experience, the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure and Development Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) sought the partnership of SKDRDP in constructing 11,500 low cost sanitation (LCS) units in 6 coastal urban towns. As a first step, a unique participatory and transparent strategy was devised wherein the committees of those without toilets would select the mason, choose the materials, purchase them in bulk and reduce the prices of the unit. This practice has effectively speeded up the construction of LCS units in urban areas. The construction started in Udupi town, which saw the completion of 365 units within 45 days. This process was replicated in other towns and more than 7,747 units have been completed since March 2006.