In an initiative to reach out to the people of Afghanistan, Sulabh International, an Indian NGO, has taken up the task of improving sanitation in Kabul by setting up of five public toilet complexes besides other basic infrastructures.
Sulabh is likely to launch intensive campaign to create awareness towards sanitation in different parts of Afghanistan.
The founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement Dr Bindeshwar Pathak assured the Afghanistan government to provide all possible technical support for the construction of public toilet complexes in different parts of the country. A 21 member delegation led by E Yasin of Kabul Municipality was here to get first hand experences of the pay and use toilet system, a design created by Sulabh.
The Sulabh International Social Service Organisation is contructing five public toilets atached with biogas digesters in Kabul with aid from the Government of India. The public toilets have been designed keeping in mind the socio-cultural environment prevailing in Afghanistan. These toilet complexes are scheduled to be commissioned in the last week of May, whereupon the Kabul Municipality will take the responsibility for managing the toilets. For this purpose the Sulabh has also organised a training programme in Delhi for Afghani officials between April 26 and May 1,2007.
The Afgani delegation have intracted with the Sulabh officials to get know how of the pay and use public toilets. Dr Pathak said that Sulabh International will monitor and guide the Kabul Municipality to facilitate the operation and maintenance of public toilets.
Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak said his outfit will also adopt a colony in Kabul later and would ensure supply of clean drinking water to it. 'I can ensure the water will be as clean as mineral water. We hope the Indian Government will support us in this project, but even if it does not, Sulabh will still do it'. The Ambassador of Afghanistan in India Dr Sayed Makhdoom Raheen while appriciating the efforts of Sulabh urged it’s founder to extend more support in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
The Under Secretary of the ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India Mr Piyush Srivastava assured the Afgani delegation for all kind of cooperation in the development of Afghanistan.