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The new urban water supply scheme in Madhya Pradesh that encourages private sector participation is replete with lacunae, according to an NGO that studied the scheme.

In November 2011, the government of Madhya Pradesh sanctioned Rs 493 crore to 37 Urban Local Bodies (ULB) for drinking water supply projects under the Chief Minister’s Urban Drinking Water Supply Scheme (CMUWSS) along the lines of the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT).

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The village of Bankpura has come together for the cause of safe-drinking water. As a result, they are empowered and are prospering.

Bankpura village is in Mehgaon gram panchayat in Dharampuri block in district Dhar of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated 26km away from the sub-district headquarters, Dharampuri, and 68km away from the district headquarter, Dhar. Dhamnod is the nearest town to this village which is approximately 7km away. It is well connected by roads and railways. Being well connected, it has been fortunate to avail the government schemes meant for rural development. 

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Fluorosis-affected villagers can now heave a sigh of relief. The dream of safe drinking water at their doorstep has become a reality.

Seema Kalu, suffering from skeletal fluorosis (Source:Dalpat & Heena)

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Anita Sharma and Anil Gautam of Peoples Science Institute, Dehradun talk about their work with fluoride affected communities in Madhya Pradesh.

What is the exact problem as regards fluoride contamination in Madhya Pradesh, particularly in Dhar district?

A continuous level of 1.5 mg/l and above of fluoride in drinking water is considered hazardous for the health of bones and teeth. In Madhya Pradesh 27 districts are affected with fluoride contamination.

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Study on hygiene and sanitation practice in two districts of Madhya pradesh - Dhar and Khargone. Various surveys are carried out showing information on use of toilet, washing hands, treatment of drinking water, diarrhoea rate and water related health issues.

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Vasudha Vikas Sansthan with the help of Water Aid and with the technical support of Peoples’ Science Institute undertook fluoride testing and fluorosis mitigation programme in Tirala, Dharampuri and Umarban blocks of Dhar district in Madhya Pradesh. The program began on November 5th, 2008. The data generated and major results of the research undertaken under the programme is presented in this report.

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62 million people in India, including 6 million children suffer from fluorosis. The root cause of this is excessive fluoride (>1.5mg/l) in groundwater, as is found in 20 states across India.

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