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.
A two-day National Consultation of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP), an initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Mission, took place in New Delhi. Representatives from 20 Iconic Sites, including central and state officials, representatives of iconic places, and corporate and development partners including World Bank joined the consultations.
Initiated as a project to implement Prime Minister’s vision to take iconic places and their surroundings to higher standards of ‘swachhata’, so that all visitors benefit and also take away home the message of cleanliness, Swachh Iconic Pl...
Punjab-based Sampurn Agri Ventures (SAVPL) has introduced a biogas-based power plant operating on paddy straw, thus making available an alternative to straw-burning that is said to be a major contributor to high smog levels in Delhi.
The new technology not just generates nearly 4,000 cubic metres of biogas from 10 tonnes of agricultural residue, but also produces fertiliser, said Sanjeev Nagpal, Chairman of SAVPL, at a press conference in New Delhi.
He said the company had already set up a plant in Fazilka in Punjab, which was approved by Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and Punjab Agriculture University. It is...
Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation & Social Reform Movement, has long said that if people get a loan from the banks for making toilets, it will be a helpful step in furthering the cleanliness drive. He not only wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this, but also talked to him one-on-one when he met him. It is heartening to note that Dr Pathak’s opinion is now getting recognition at the government level.
Furthering the efforts of Dr Pathak, and in a bid to implement the ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of Bihar has taken ...
On World Toilet Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed his government’s commitment towards improving sanitation facilities across the nation.
“On World Toilet Day, we reaffirm our commitment towards improving sanitation facilities across our nation,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
“I compliment all those individuals and organisations working towards building more toilets in various parts of India. Their invaluable contribution adds solid momentum to Swachh Bharat Mission,” he added.
World Toilet Day was established by the World Toilet Organisation in 2001.
The UN passe...
Some other organisations are also showing their initiatives in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan:
Works in both rural and urban areas for providing bio digester based toilets and changing rooms for women. For corporates, it offers environmental services which are covered under clause 135, of companies act, 2013. These include toilets with and without bio digester, bio gas plant for kitchen waste, toilets for schools, public toilets.
The government has prescribed a guideline for how NGOs can contribute to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan:
1. NGOs can take up the task of educating the people of rural India about keeping their surroundings clean
2. Some NGOs could play a role in highlighting the importance of SBM to housewives, shopkeepers and small business owners
3. NGOs can also do third party quality checks of infrastructure being created under SBM and also do sample verification on a pre-determined check list
4. NGOs could adopt certain areas/colonies and take t...
The Licence Department of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has issued notices to all petrol pump owners to set up toilets on their premises.
Navi Mumbai, despite being declared as ODF, continues to witness occasional instances of people defecating in the open because a behavioural change at a universal level is yet to come to the city. To counter this immediately and ensure that the ODF status of the township is maintained, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has directed all petrol pump owners to set up toilets on their pump premises and grant access to those who wish to use them. The notice, which i...
Excerpt from Mann Ki Baat Radio Talk:
“My dear countrymen, I call upon you to begin a campaign, Swachchata Hi Sewa, Cleanliness is Service, at least fifteen-twenty days prior to Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October – on the lines of the age-old belief, Jal seva hi prabhu seva, Service to Water is Service to God. Let’s create an environment of cleanliness in the entire country. Whenever and wherever possible, let’s look for the opportunity. But we must all come together. We could look at this as preparations for Diwali, preparations for Na...
Toilets have not only been an integral part of our collective development as a society, they have also been closely tied to traditions, religions, and belief systems.
Ancient Greek Toilets
The ancient Greek culture saw a resurgence after the Greek Dark Ages where the island of Delos became a holy site in the ancient Greek culture. The famous lion statues on the Terrace of the Lions were dedicated to Apollo, the Greek deity of the Sun. Sanitation systems saw tremendous development during this time period. The island of Delos...