Following the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Varanasi, the Centre issued a letter of recommendation stating that all public/community toilets in the city will be named ‘Izzat Ghar’
After visiting Varanasi, the PM said: “I was happy when I was told that newly constructed toilets in UP have ‘izzat Ghar’ written on them and not ‘shauchalay’ ”. Since the word ‘Shauchalay’ means toilet in Hindi and is quite commonly used, the PM believes the new nomenclature would motivate people to respect the ideals of cleanliness and sanitation more.
With new sewage treatment plants coming up, the dream of Varanasi residents and visitors to have a ‘Nirmal Ganga’ (clean Ganga) will soon become a reality, the Water Resources Ministry said.
Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently generates an estimated 300 million litres per day (MLD) of sewage, which is expected to increase to 390 MLD by 2030.
The three existing sewage treatment plants at Dinapur, Bhagwanpur and DLW treat only 102 MLD of sewage. The remaining flow directly into the Ganga through Varuna and Assi rivers.
“To bridge thi...
The Maharashtra government claims that the state has achieved 88 per cent success in stopping open defecation. This was possible because the government did not allow any shortage of funds in the making of toilets.
People who used to go out in the open for defecation were made aware first and then the strict rules were applied. Although in some areas still people are not able to leave the habit of going out for the toilet but hopefully they will be able to overcome this habit in the next few months.
On the success of controlling defecation in the open, the central government has announced Maharashtra on the to...
CIDCO (City and Industrial Development Corporation) has taken a good initiative towards National Hygiene Campaign. They are making e-toilets in every nook and corner of the city, keeping in mind about the cleanliness of the city and needs of citizens.
People shopping in the markets throughout the day or doing business on the footpaths used to urinate anywhere because of the absence of toilets. It became difficult to walk because of the grime. This also bred diseases.
Seeing this condition CIDCO took initiative in its own way and decided to clean the markets.
Wherever e-toilet is being created, th...
Actor Akshay Kumar has acknowledged the hard work of the sweepers, garbage and sewer cleaners among many others and has called them the country’s “cleaning soldiers”.
Akshay last week shared a minute-long video on Twitter.
“Salute to these dedicated yet unequipped soldiers,” a line in the video read.
The “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” actor captioned the video: “A job well done which we usually forget to acknowledge… serving the country in their own way, my salute to these ‘Cleaning Soldiers Of India’.”
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Danish waste water treatment company Aarhus Vand A/S is looking at India’s Smart Cities project to lend its expertise in setting up integrated sewage treatment plants with a focus on generating power, company officials said.
To start with the company is looking at Udaipur in Rajasthan to provide its domain expertise, officials told visiting international journalists at its Marselisborg sewage treatment plant in Aarhus, around 300 km from here.
“Owned by Aarhus municipality, the company while treating waste water generates power from bio-gas, fertiliser, and enable district heating system. The company al...
Even after coming under heavy criticism over his ‘toilet’ remarks soon after he became a Union Minister, KJ Alphons said he will continue to speak of toilets.
“No amount of ridicule will prevent me from speaking about the need for building toilets as 67 per cent of the country’s population does not have a toilet. The dream of my Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is to see that people have food, house and a toilet and this is our dream and a big issue for us. I don’t mind being ridiculed on this,” said Alphons.
Alphons, a former bureaucrat and a Left-supported legislator (2006-...
Stating that the number of Indians defecating in the open has come down from 60 crores in 2014 to 30 crore in 2017, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said the government is committed to achieving “Clean India” by October 2, 2019.
“Mahatma Gandhi accorded the highest priority to sanitation and cleanliness and had said ‘sanitation is more important than political freedom’. Every Indian should become part of this movement so that Clean India is achieved by October 2, 2019 -- the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi,” Naidu said.
“Over 5 crore toilets have been constructed in rural...
A group of 30 young Bangaloreans, inspired by Modi’s Swachh Bharat slogan, have come together to build a better world to live in for some of the villages in the state.
They spend their weekends planning and building toilets in remote villages, some of which are inside interior forests. They have named their mission ‘Kaleido’. It was actually started as a student initiative in 2011, “after a game of football”, say co-founders Shashikanth Subramanya and Kumar Murthy.
“A few of us used to teach children of Belaku Shishu Nivasa (an orphanage started by the late Mohan Das...
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, offering a shramdan also contributed in constructing a two-pit pour-flush toilet, developed by Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement Founder, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in Varanasi’s Shahanshapur village
The PM laid the foundation stone of a two-pit toilet outside the house of a labourer, Arvind from Musnar in Shahanshapur village. When Arvind told government officials he goes out for defecation, one of the men promised him that on September 23, the PM would come there himself and dig with a spade. And the PM followed up on this promise.
President Ram Nath Kovind recently kick-started the “Swacchta Hi Seva” campaign from Ishwariganj village of Kanpur -- his home district -- and administered the oath of cleanliness to the large gathering.
The President also honoured those who helped make Ishwariganj an open defecation-free (ODF) village.
“Construction of toilets is more important than temples,” he said, adding that the cleanliness mission had brought about a new awakening among the people.
“Today, our country is fighting a decisive battle against uncleanliness. We have two years to achieve the targets of Swachh B...
The Tourism Ministry recently organised “Swachhta Hi Sewa” campaign at the India Gate with its Minister K.J. Alphons taking part in a cleaning drive.
To spread the message of ‘swachhta’ among common people, student teams from Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa and IIMT, Noida, performed street plays themed around importance of sanitation and keeping monuments clean.
“The plays were very good. They sent a very simple and good message on cleanliness,” Alphons told IANS after watching the plays. “We have such an amazing civilisation . I wonder why would anyone dirty it... So ...