Sanitation and Hygiene

  • A whopping $215 billion is lost to floods each year As per the World Resources Institute’s global flood analyzer, floods in South Asia will cost as much as $215 billion each year by 2030. This year, nearly 1200 people have lost their lives to floods in Bihar, Assam, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Dhaka, Kara...
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  • As a child back in the village, I had always cherished the sight of clear water running below bridges. But moving to Chennai, the car windows are always drawn up and the car zooms across bridges in a bid to avoid the stench emanating from the river. This begs the question, why are we in urban India ...
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  • Centre allocates Maharashtra Rs 60,000 crore to link its rivers Under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), the central government has announced Rs 60,000 crore to the Maharashtra government for interlinking its rivers and for irrigation projects in the next two years. It has bee...
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  • Destruction of river and mangroves blamed for Mumbai floods On August 29, Mumbai received 298 mm of rain within a nine-hour period which paralysed the city and caused five deaths. The inability to tackle the flood waters has been attributed to the authorities' failure in improving the city's draina...
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  • Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of childre...
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  • Public hearing for Pancheshwar dam continues while ignoring people's concern On August 11, the environment public hearing (EPH) was held at Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand for the Pancheshwar dam, a joint venture between India and Nepal that aims to produce more power than all existing dams in the state...
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  • Does gender matter when it comes to sanitation? Apparently, it does. Women suffer more than men in case of poor access to sanitation that compromises their health, mobility and freedom. Since there is a possibility of being sexually assaulted or harassed while answering nature’s call in the o...
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  • Faecal sludge management or FSM is a management system that safely collects, transports, and treats faecal sludge (also called septage) from pit latrines, septic tanks or other onsite sanitation facilities (OSSF). One of the key components of faecal sludge management is the safe transportation of fa...
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  • Take a walk through the maze of lanes at Seelampur in north-east Delhi, you could see small children rummaging through electronic waste that has made its way here from all over north India. They segregate end-of-life electrical and electronic products, prise them apart, put them through acid wash an...
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  • It was September 2008. It took me almost two-and-a-half hours to reach G-plot, one of the remotest islands among the deltoid labyrinth of Sundarbans. My colleague, a native of G-plot, was waiting to receive me at the jetty. We got in a van fitted with a motorcycle engine, popularly known as “vano...
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  • We are in an apartment in chennai and have soak pits overflowing frequently and needs removal of waste water every 2 to 3 days. What would an ideal remedy be for the situation? Is there any solution provider in chennai?
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  • The current set of government programmes such as Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) have gone a long way in improving access to water and sanitation services in India. With an eye on achievin...
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  • Maharashtra government announces farm loan waiver to genuine farmers In a big relief to farmers protesting in the state, the Maharashtra government has announced farm loan waiver with certain conditions. While ruling out a blanket waiver, the state government has waived the farm loans of 3.1 millio...
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  • Rs 5000 fine on those dumping waste on Yamuna floodplains The National Green Tribunal has banned open defecation and dumping of waste on the floodplains of the Yamuna river in Delhi. Along with this, the tribunal has also ordered a compensation of Rs 5,000 on those found violating the order. Additi...
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  • Kakkoos, a compelling documentary film on manual scavenging in Tamil Nadu is all about showing the practice as it is without any filter. The pictures are shocking and watching them is easier said than done -- toilets teeming with shit, sanitary napkins lying scattered, people collecting faeces with ...
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  • In a tribal settlement called Chavadiyur in the Attappadi region in Kerala, the summer has begun. It is already facing severe water shortage. The scarcity of water in the region has been exacerbated by the significant decrease in rainfall during both the southwest and the northeast monsoons. The&nbs...
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  • India's urbanisation continues unabated but most of its 53-million plus cities offer an appallingly low quality of life. Ten of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in India as per a report by the World Health Organization. Despite this, most of India is now aspiring to produce smart cities. Wi...
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  • “Ikde Aa. Mi Tula Dakhavato.” “Come here. I will show you” ‘Ajji’ (grandma) grabbed my hand firmly as she led me towards her humble dwelling. Her house was in shambles and a ghost of a toilet superstructure adjoined it. Dagadu Babaji Rokade and his frail elderly wife, belong...
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  • Sneh Bhati, a 52-year-old farmer from Madanpur Khadar in Delhi’s fringes finds the change in the landscape of her 100-year-old village in the last two decades remarkable. Yet it has not taken away the rural charm. Men still sit for hours at the village chaupal (a common meeting spot) cha...
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  • We bought a new villa in a gated community of 200 villas in Hosur. We were not aware that the STP was very nearby, about 90 feet from the house. Now we are facing so many issues like bad smell all the time, odour in our sinks. STP unit is inside the community and maintained by the association. Is it...
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A whopping $215 billion is lost to floods each year

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Despite the existence of laws to carefully dispose of faecal sludge in Tamil Nadu, they are not implemented effectively.

As a child back in the village, I had always cherished the sight of clear water running below bridges. But moving to Chennai, the car windows are always drawn up and the car zooms across bridges in a bid to avoid the stench emanating from the river. This begs the question, why are we in urban India so deprived of a clean environment?

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Centre allocates Maharashtra Rs 60,000 crore to link its rivers

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Destruction of river and mangroves blamed for Mumbai floods

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Recent encephalitis deaths in Gorakhpur put the spotlight back on the disease and the importance of better sanitation as a preventive measure.

Gorakhpur is back in the news with 42 more children dying in 48 hours at one of the biggest hospitals here--Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital or BRD hospital. This small city located in the north-eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh has seen 1256 such deaths since January, a large number of children dying from encephalitis alone.

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Public hearing for Pancheshwar dam continues while ignoring people's concern

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Women, who need safe sanitation the most, are often left out of crucial sanitation-related decisions at households, a study says.

Does gender matter when it comes to sanitation? Apparently, it does. Women suffer more than men in case of poor access to sanitation that compromises their health, mobility and freedom. Since there is a possibility of being sexually assaulted or harassed while answering nature’s call in the open, they hesitate to drink enough water to avoid urinating leading to various diseases like urinary tract infections, heat stroke, kidney infections, etc. Women often hold the urge to defecate due to the lack of access to sanitation leading to chronic constipation and intestinal damage.

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Making use of the latest mobile app technologies can help ULBs manage faecal sludge transportation better.

Faecal sludge management or FSM is a management system that safely collects, transports, and treats faecal sludge (also called septage) from pit latrines, septic tanks or other onsite sanitation facilities (OSSF). One of the key components of faecal sludge management is the safe transportation of faecal sludge from the on-site sanitation facility to the point of treatment.

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Though informal e-waste handling, segregation and import are prohibited by the law, e-waste business is thriving in the country.

Take a walk through the maze of lanes at Seelampur in north-east Delhi, you could see small children rummaging through electronic waste that has made its way here from all over north India. They segregate end-of-life electrical and electronic products, prise them apart, put them through acid wash and also burn circuit boards in the hope of extracting precious metals. From old electronics to spent batteries, they handle all items that head to the waste pile with bare hands.

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Considering children’s faeces can be more harmful than that of adults in some cases, better management is needed to avoid diseases.

It was September 2008. It took me almost two-and-a-half hours to reach G-plot, one of the remotest islands among the deltoid labyrinth of Sundarbans. My colleague, a native of G-plot, was waiting to receive me at the jetty. We got in a van fitted with a motorcycle engine, popularly known as “vano” in this part of the world.

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