Sanitation and Hygiene

  • Untreated sewage is the biggest source of water pollution in India with around 70 percent of the raw sewage generated in urban areas entering lakes, rivers, seas and underground aquifers. As India builds more toilets in pursuit of ending open defecation, water pollution is increasing exponentia...
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  • Indore has retained its cleanest city tag in the clean India survey 2018. Before it was praised for its cleanliness drive in 2017, the city was just like any other urban city in India dealing with its mounting garbage problem. In 2016, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) was criticised by polluti...
    makarandpurohitposted 11 months 1 week agoread more
  • Rajasthan is all geared up for the open defecation free (ODF) status well before the national deadline of October 2, 2019. According to the assistant engineer of the nagar parishad, Resha Singh, 4.75 lakh toilets have been constructed since October 2, 2014 in Alwar district which is about to be decl...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 11 months 2 weeks agoread more
  • There seems to be no end to the drinking water crisis in the Bemetara district in Chhattisgarh. It is only becoming worse with every passing day. More than 40 percent of all the hand pumps installed in the district have run dry due to the depletion of groundwater level.   This situation h...
    makarandpurohitposted 12 months 3 days agoread more
  • Swachh Survekshan 2018: Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh emerge as India's top three clean cities Indore emerged as India’s cleanest city in the latest edition of the Swachh Survekshan carried out by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. Bhopal and Chandigar...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 2 days agoread more
  • At just 24 years of age, Abhinav Vats has learnt a lot as the chief minister’s Good Governance Associate (CMGGA) posted in Palwal district of Haryana. An economics graduate from Delhi University, he worked as a research analyst with McKinsey and Company at Gurgaon for two-and-a-half years before d...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 year 2 days agoread more
  • Ahead of monsoon, workers made to clean stormwater drains filled with sewage in Hyderabad Despite the ban on manual scavenging, sanitation workers are made to clean sewage-filled stormwater drains across Hyderabad as part of the city’s monsoon preparedness drive. Workers enter stormwater drains s...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 week agoread more
  • Phoolbasan Yadav from the remote Sukaldaihan village in the Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh shot to fame for her untiring effort in empowering the women of her village. "Since my childhood, I had experienced extreme poverty and hunger, and I feel that similar is the plight of lakhs of women...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 year 2 weeks agoread more
  • Entering its second year, the Graduate Program of Water Science and Policy 2018 at Shiv Nadar University envisages a multi-disciplinary classroom, engagement and content delivered by some of the best minds globally – experts on water who have worked on ground realities, made policies and initiated...
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  • Delhi government opposes in-principle approval for two landfill sites on Yamuna floodplains  The Delhi government has approached the National Green Tribunal regarding the in-principle approval given by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for alternate landfill sites at Sonia Vihar and Ghonda...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 2 weeks agoread more
  • Despite making sanitation a national priority with Swachh Bharat Mission, 50 percent of India defecated in the open till 2014. The goal to make India open defecation free by 2019 seemed ambitious. The government provided funding but it also sought active participation from the corporate sector. Comp...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 year 2 weeks agoread more
  • India’s sanitation crisis involves huge cost. Transforming the country’s sanitation and waste management by 2019 is tall order. “Swachh Bharat Mission, the most ambitious cleanliness campaign in Indian history could well be the most expensive failure in recent times,” says Naina Lal Kidwai, ...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 year 2 weeks agoread more
  • Earthworms are considered best friends of farmers, acting as engineers in soils. They are helpful in the decomposition of waste, producing biofertilisers. Indian scientists have investigated the gut of earthworms to get an insight into why they are so efficient in helping decomposition. They have f...
    arathiposted 1 year 3 weeks agoread more
  • Gopal Nishad, a fisherman in his early 40s, is frustrated that there is hardly any fish left in the Mahanadi’s basin at Pitaibandh due to the lack of water in the basin. This basin is located near Rajim-Nawapara in Chhattisgarh, the proposed site for the fourth anicut on the Mahanadi. He reminisce...
    makarandpurohitposted 1 year 3 weeks agoread more
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, Swachh Bharat that envisages an open defecation-free India by the year 2019 has witnessed many local administrations take drastic measures to get people to build and use a toilet. From naming and shaming to coaxing people to use toilets and incentivising...
    arathiposted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • Eight-year-old Meera (name changed) got ill after eating filthy food remains from a dump at Mansarovar park in Delhi. Children like her work in filthy environments, rummaging through hazardous waste with bare hands and feet. They play in these dumping ground strewn with syringes, scrap iron, rotting...
    Amita Bhaduriposted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • East Kolkata Wetlands found to lock down over 60 percent carbon from the wastewater it receives One of the largest and more important natural treatment systems for solid and liquid waste, the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW) is found to lock down over 60 percent of the carbon from incoming sewage, which...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • Tamil Nadu seeks contempt action against the Centre for not constituting the Cauvery Management Board With the Centre failing to constitute the Cauvery Management Board within the time frame stipulated by the Supreme Court order, Tamil Nadu government has approached the apex court seeking contempt ...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • Faecal coliform contamination found to be significantly higher in rivers around holy sites Data from the Central Pollution Control Board shows that river stretches around holy sites are relatively more polluted than elsewhere, with significantly higher levels of faecal coliform contamination. The T...
    seetha@indiawat...posted 1 year 1 month agoread more
  • Dear Sir, I am writing on behalf of Save Tiruppur movement. We are a NGO located in Tiruppur trying to bring awareness about waste management around our area. We are planning to built a community sewage water treatment plant at Vijayapuram municipality at Tiruppur. Google location: https://goo.gl/...
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CWC allows preparation of DPR while TN objects to the Mekedatu project on the Cauvery river

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The polluted Erai river needs to be restored before it completely dies and leaves the people dependent on it searching for drinking water.

The Erai river, the main tributary of the Wardha river, is the lifeline for the people of Chandrapur in Maharashtra. It primarily supplies water to the Chandrapur city and Chandrapur super thermal power station (CSTPS). Since 1984, after the initiation of operations of M/s CSTPS and Western Coalfields Limited (WCL), the river has begun to get polluted and is now gasping for breath.

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Government focusing on Ganga clean-up and not its rejuvenation: Environmentalists

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A study finds drinking water in peri-urban areas around Bengaluru has high levels of bacteriological and chemical contaminants making it unfit for consumption.

India is running out of water fast. As if this is not bad news enough, it has been found that even the available water is highly polluted with organic and hazardous pollutants. Infact, a recent Water Aid report finds that India is among the top countries with the worst access to clean water close to homes.

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The photo essay traces the flow of waste from pit to dump in urban India, making visible the labour that produces the sanitary city.

India’s flagship sanitation programme, Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), highlights both the importance of latrine use, and also of “safe and proper disposal”. Since most of urban India is not connected to sewers, the SBM recommends that cities work towards technological, financing and governance initiatives that would ensure safe faecal sludge management. In practice, this means mechanical (i.e. truck-and-hose) sludge removal as opposed to the now-illegal manual method of emptying toilet pits. But how do cleaners live and work? What do their days and nights demand of them?

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Himalayan council constituted for sustainable development of the Himalayas

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While potable water dispensing units provided under WASH has come as a boon to Kalikapur slum residents, they struggle to meet other water needs due to lack of piped water.

Basanti Haldar (45) has been living in a slum at Kalikapur in Kolkata for over two decades. She works as a domestic help in an upscale locality in the neighbourhood. She is happy nowadays due to an increase in her income. 

The installation of Automated Dispensing Units (ADU) has not only provided her with clean potable water but have also saved her from the cumbersome job of standing in long serpentine queues for a bucket of water. She has time for more work that has also helped her earn better. 

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Will Saharanpur city’s proposed smart city tag help revive the Paondhoi river once again?

River Paondhoi is best known today as a sewer running through Saharanpur city. Originally, however, it was an important source of drinking water for the city. In its heyday, the water of the river ran ankle deep, just enough to wash one’s feet. People coming into the city would wash their feet in the river giving it the name, Paondhoi.

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NMCG approves 12 projects worth Rs 929 crore under Namami Gange

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NGT orders performance audit for management of solid waste

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