The person who occupies the property on which an ‘insanitary latrine’ exists is required to demolish or convert it. If there was more than one person who owns the property on which the insanitary latrine is built, the costs had to be paid by the owner (if she is one of the occupiers) or equally by all of them.
While the State Government could choose to help occupiers with the conversion process, the occupier cannot use the government’s inaction as an excuse to maintain an insanitary latrine beyond 9 months. In case the occupier does not destroy or convert an insanitary latrine within 9 months, the local authority has to take over after giving a notice of 21 days. The authority can then recover the costs from the occupier.
First-time offenders can face jail time up to one year as well as a fine for up to Rs.50,000. Second-time offenders can face jail time up to two years and a fine of up to Rs.1,00,000.0