Toilets for every house: Sulabh launches campaign from Badaun’s Katra Sadatganj

The NGO’s media advisor Madan Jha said the campaign was in furtherance of women’s right to safe toilets.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | Badaun | Updated: September 1, 2014 9:36 am
toilet A ready-for-use toilet in Katra Sadatganj. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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.

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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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  1. A
    Sep 1, 2014 at 5:50 am
    Hey bhagwan...kaun inko samjhaye?? toilet ka matlab keval potty nahi hota...nahane ka intjaam kehan hoga??are people (women in particular) supposed to take bath in open???
    1. S
      Sid Harth
      Aug 31, 2014 at 10:43 pm
      There are many problems in this story. It may take lot of your comments space, hence, I leave it up to you, publisher of this item, to check the facts. Available on the internet.Have a nice day.I also dislike being moderated or censored....and I am Sid Harth
      1. G
        Greg Thomas
        Sep 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm
        Go to Sulabh International website it explains more than you want to know about the design.
        1. R
          Sep 1, 2014 at 5:41 am
          GOOD move...... we need more public toilets .........
          1. L
            L Kishnamurty
            Sep 1, 2014 at 1:00 am
            Toilets : 100 feet waste collection tanks ! Is it a mistake? May be10 feet ... Dr L Krishna Murty
            1. S
              Sanket Kohli
              Sep 1, 2014 at 2:17 am
              even here the SP will take credit
              1. P
                Sep 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm
                Isnt 100 feet too deep. I guess its a typo error. request IE to check and edit
                1. R
                  Sep 1, 2014 at 4:11 am
                  good move..appreciated..
                  1. J
                    Sep 1, 2014 at 2:06 am
                    Something weird about the design and construction of these toilets. It appears like the fecal matter will remain burried underground and with indian potion I am not sure if that is dangerous as it could pollute the underground water table. 30,000 per toilet is very expensive and it need to be much faster with pre-fabricated toilets installed at a industrial scale. This is hardly a engineering solution.
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                      Subramanian Venkatraman
                      Sep 1, 2014 at 2:47 am
                      I hope there is enough provision for water. From the photograph it looks as though it will be a common toilet for the houses surrounding it. Generally in such cases, everyone thinks keeping it clean is other's problem. It should be examined if it will be worthwhile to ask the users pay a monthly fee so that someone could be put in charge of keeping it clean. Provision of toilets is not a one time job. It needs to be kept clean also. The other way to keep it clean is to keep it locked with keys given to each family and telling them it will be their responsibility to keep it clean.
                      1. A
                        Sep 1, 2014 at 5:48 am
                        Before putting a charge for its usage, you should get politicians to charge for using the open greenery for the same purpose. Cost-wise the green option should become cost defective and not cost effective. One question does come to mind - what will happen to landscape from Kalyan to Vikhroli? What will it look like?
                        1. M
                          Sep 1, 2014 at 1:15 am
                          Well done Shulabh,proud of you.
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