NGO Sulabh International on Sunday handed over 108 “low cost” toilets to villagers at Katra Sadatganj in Badaun and adopted the hamlet as model village for a nationwide ‘Toilets for Every House’ campaign. The sanitation drive was launched in the wake of alleged gangrape and murder of two sisters in Katra in May.
The NGO’s media advisor Madan Jha said the campaign was in furtherance of women’s right to safe toilets. “We plan to make the village free of open defecation in phases with 300 more Sulabh toilets in the pipeline,” he added.
Jitender Singh, Sulabh’s pointsman in Katra, said the toilets took nearly three months to build after construction started in early June. He added that initially a team from Sulabh International and the village pradhanpati conducted a survey of village households and found 403 families did not have proper toilets. As many as 108 homes were shortlisted for building the toilets.
Singh added, “One unit costs roughly Rs 30,000. The urinals and tiles were brought from Lucknow whereas masons were roped in from Ushait, located over 10 km from Katra. Since there is no electricity in the village, we hired two generators for Rs 500 each a day to power drilling machines.”
Each toilet has two 100 feet deep waste collection tanks. Singh said for a family of five one tank would take around 8 years to fill after which the second would come into use. By the time the second is full, waste in the first tank would have turned to biomass that could be used in fields as fertilizer.
With ENS Lucknow
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