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Sulabh Sauchalaya to begin toilet construction from Pashupati area
Apr 25, 2014-
After conquering India with sanitation facilities, Sulabh International is all set to expand its public toilet construction project to Nepal as well. On Friday, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the organisation and Zonta Club Kathmandu to construct public toilets also known as “Sulabh Sauchalaya” starting from the Pashupatinath and Guheshwori temples.
Dr Bindeshwor Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, said his technology for public toilets were the gift from India to the world. “We now have the opportunity to gift the cost effective toilets to Nepal as well,” he said, adding, “And we are delighted to start our project from world famous shrine like Pashupatinath.”
Speaking at the programme organised to sign the MoU, Zonta Club Kathmandu’s Founder President Pramila Acharya Rijal said Nepal is the second country in South Asia to be adopting this technology. “Lack of sanitation facilities has always been a major problem in Nepal,” Rijal said. “Sulabh toilet technology is cost effective and culturally accepted in India. It will also be a good initiation for Nepal as well,” she added, urging the government to assist the project.
At the programme, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae said toilets are very important in developing countries like Nepal and expressed his interest in supporting the project. Similarly, Gobinda Tandon, member secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT), said the sanitation technology would be a great facility for pilgrims and travellers visiting the Pashupatinath temple. “Though we have already developed some traditional public toilets, they are not enough to cater to the necessity of pilgrims,” he said. PADT has also allocated land for the construction of these toilets.
Similarly, Kishore Thapa, secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development, said that sanitation was the government’s top priority agenda but there is much more to be done in this area.
He said the government has already identified eight municipalities in the country for the construction of Sulabh Sauchalaya. “A challenge for the organisation is to aware people that toilets are sanitation facilities and it’s good to construct them in public places as well,” Thapa said. “Our aim is to start construction from holy shrines, bus terminals and extend it to other public places,” he said.
Sulabh Sauchalaya has received an international acclaim and was also featured by BBC Horizons as top five innovations in the world. These toilets blocks contain proper facilities like washroom, toilet and locker system and are known for their round the clock maintenance system.
Till now the organisation has constructed 1.3 million household toilets and over 8,000 community toilet blocks serving an average of around 20 million people on a daily basis.
Published: 26-04-2014 09:12