MP woman's micro loo makes world gush
Indian scientist Ashu Saxena won the award for good practices in water and sanitation category at the recently concluded Rio+20 summit in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro for a water-efficient toilet model.bhopal Updated: Jul 01, 2012 01:05 IST
Indian scientist Ashu Saxena won the award for good practices in water and sanitation category at the recently concluded Rio+20 summit in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro for a water-efficient toilet model.
Saxena's 'pots and plans' come at a time when women in various small towns and villages of India are rebelling against the lack of proper sanitation.
Two months ago, Anita Narre of Betul district of MP, walked out of her in-laws' home over this issue. In Maharajganj, Uttar Pradesh, also three brides followed suit.
Saxena's model is cost-effective (costs Rs. 110) and uses very little water — only one litre, as opposed to a regular flush that uses four to five litres of water.
Currently, the pilot project covers 80 villages across four districts — Guna, Shivpuri, Khargone and Khandwa.
"It's easier to clean and cheaper," said Govind Dongne, a villager of Takalkheda village in Khandwa.
"Villagers in many parts of this state haven't seen a lavatory in their lifetime. Initially, when they saw a model prepared by us, they mistook it for some sculpture," says the 42-year-old scientist from Bhopal.
According to census 2011 data, only a quarter of MP's households have lavatories. "The scenario is not any better in other parts of the country," says Saxena.
First Published: Jul 01, 2012 01:04 IST