Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Toilets Toilets Everywhere , no Water to Flush


A news report ( Business Line / April 14, 2016 ) says,

*  In first 11 months of 2015-16, 1.09 crore toilets were built across the country

*  Of these, 98.64 lakh were in rural areas and 10.63 lakh were in urban areas

*  But 48 % of rural folks and 7.5 %  of urban folks , still go out in the open

Before launching this ( highly desirable ) mission, I wonder if the authorities concerned , asked themselves :

*  How many million homes are there in rural areas ?

*  How many persons are their ( avg ) per household ?

*  How many of rural homes have piped water supply to
    be able to flush those toilets ?

*  At norm followed by our cities ( ie 100 litres of water
    per person per day ) , how many litres of water will be
    required by these households ?

*  Do these 7 lakh villages have centralized Water
    Distribution Networks ? 

*  From where will water get drawn ?

    Are there local lakes or bore-wells in these villages ?

    Do these have enough water to last whole year ?

*  If not , should not our first priority be to dig such lakes
    and bore wells and lay down Water Distribution
    pipelines before constructing toilets ?

I am reminded of those hundreds of " Ghost Cities " of China , capable of housing one million people each - but no occupants !

No wonder , Business Line titled this report :

" .... but Swachh Bharat still a pipedream "

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