As many as 65 new Sulabh toilets were inaugurated for the residents of a village in Gurugram in a move to end the practice of open defecation.
The new toilets are part of a joint initiative by Rotary club of mid-West Delhi, Rotary Club of Denver, US, and Sulabh International.
The toilets were handed over to the families in the Indri village of Sohna.
“This initiative is under the effort of the Prime Minister for his flagship programme to ensure total sanitation coverage by 2019,” said William Korstad, coordinator Rotary club of Denver, US.
Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation...
Sixteen new sanitation vehicles for Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) were distributed among different wards. With these additional vehicles, all the 30 wards would have dedicated vehicles for garbage disposal. Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan said the initiative is part of the ‘Swachh Survekshan’.
Each subdivision of the IMC, consisting of five wards would have a dedicated vehicle for highway cleaning and a heavy duty excavator each.
The DC further stated that new dustbins have been procured which would be distributed to enable segregation of wastes into dry and wet wastes at individual...
Bengaluru is on war footing to improve its Swachh Bharat rankings. The civil administration in the city is now aiming to bridge the gap in toilet infrastructure. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has opted for a quick-fix solution and begun work to put up nearly 2,500 community toilets and 3,500 household toilets using mountable steel structures instead of building permanent ones in an effort to meet the March 31, 2018 deadline.
Bengaluru ranked 210 in the recent Swachh Bharat rankings, a steep drop from 38 the previous year. One of the many reasons for the drop in rankings was that the evaluation procedure had earma...
Hardeep Puri, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs mentioned that the focus of Swachh Survekshan 2018 has been shifted from process and output based indicators to indicators focusing on outcome and sustainability. Providing details of the Swachh Survekshan 2018 launched today, Puri stated that Swachh Survekshan has served as the agent of change demonstrating massive potential of addressing challenges through unique interventions in urban governance. With the roll out of Swachh Survekshan 2018, we look forward to a cleaner India, where each Indian citizen has played his/her part in the N...
Munna is from Badagaon in the district. He is working as a labourer in Surat district of Gujarat. About six months ago, he had promised to build a toilet for his blind Nagina. “She is 14 years old now. Fear of she going in open for defecation constantly nagged me. We have a very small house and little means to construct a toilet but I had promised to do overtime and save money to gift her a toilet at home,” said Munna.
Munna claimed that he worked in double shifts to save money and returned home to construct a toilet for his blind sister. “Bhaiyya kept his promise and gifted me a toilet. Now I don’...
The seeds of many positive changes were sown in 2017 and could bring news to cheer Indians in 2018.
On March 21, 2017, the Safai Karmachari Andolan (Sanitation Workers’ Movement) wrote to the Home Ministry to direct the National Crime Records Bureau to count such deaths separately.
The Andolan is a body that fights the practice of forcing Dalits, lowest on the Hindu caste hierarchy, to clean others’ excreta.
The National Safai Karmacharis Finance and Development Corporation -- a not-for-profit under the Social Justice Ministry to help sanitation workers get out of manual scavenging -- will survey 15 major states over six mon...
Udupi district in North Karnataka, popular as a destination for Krishna devotees in view of the beautiful Krishna temple there, has become the first open defecation free (ODF) district in Karnataka. This temple town, about 50 km from Mangalore, is also closer to the Arabian Sea and there are quite a few resorts dotting the coast.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced this recently at the inauguration of a hospital in Udupi.
“Today Udupi has been declared as the first open defecation free district in the state. By October 2, 2018, the whole of Karnataka will be declared open defecation free,” the Chief M...
The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has formally launched the Ganga Gram Project, under the Namami Gange Programme, for holistic sanitation development in villages on the banks of River Ganga. Ganga Gram is a project for sanitation based integrated development of all 4470- villages along the River Ganga. In August 2017, with active cooperation with the five Ganga States (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal), the Ministry declared all 4,470 Ganga Grams Open Defecation Free (ODF). The Ministry is the nodal Ministry for the Government’s flagship programme, Swachh Bharat Mission. Since ...
INVENTION TO REPLACE THE TOILET BRUSH
THE idea is a simple one – instead of using a toilet brush to clean the loo, you use a jet of water. Gloucestershire-based inventor and entrepreneur, Kam Mistry, has come up with a water-powered contraption, the Shiffter, in the evenings and weekends after his day job. “Let’s face it, does anyone enjoy using a toilet brush? Does anyone like picking up a used one? This product isn’t rocket science. However, it has the potential to become commonplace in hundreds of millions of homes across the globe,” he said.
The Shiffter is designed to replace the toilet brush and bleach, Mistry says I...
Current Statistics: Where we stand since the start of SBM
Swachh Bharat Urban:
• Individual Toilets Constructed: 40,84,620
• Community and Public Toilets Constructed: 2,34,161
• Number of Cities Declared ODF: 1,338
Swachh Bharat Gramin:
• Individual Toilets Constructed: 57,09,600
• Community and Public Toilets Constructed: 1,73,50,263
• Number of Villages Declared ODF: 2,95,497
Swachh Bharat Mission: Making Swachhata Everyone’s Business
Besides its allocated charge of SBM-Gramin, The MDWS is also mandat...
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Central government to bear 70 per cent of the cost for constructing 14 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) under the first phase of the Yamuna river revival project which has been delayed by over eight months due to lack of cooperation among agencies and a fund crunch.
The bench, headed by NGT Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar, also directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to bear the remaining 30 per cent of the cost.
“For sewage management in Yamuna at Delhi, NMCG and DJB will share 70-30 per cent of the cost.
“If the cost exceeds 30 per cent, then t...
Even as Uttar Pradesh topped construction of individual household latrines in the country, the state lags behind the target set by the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for declaring 30 out of 75 districts open defection free (ODF) by December 31, 2017. Soon after the Chief Minister fixing this year’s target in April, the Panchayati Raj department went full throttle constructing over a record 20 lakh Individual household latrines (IHLs) across state till date. But it could barely make only eight out of 30 districts ODF, which is merely 25 per cent of the target fixed by the state government for this year.