PUNE: As a part of the ODF (Open Defecation-Free) Sustainability Workshop in the rural parts of the state, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India Rajiv Mehrishi and Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Parameswaran Iyer, emptied a toilet pit from a twin pit toilet in Pandharewadi gram panchayat, in Daund in Pune district.
The ODF Sustainability workshop was aimed at dispelling these stigmas attached to cleaning toilet pits. There are 367 individual household latrines in Daund where the activity took place.
Several State Principal Secretaries (Sanitation), senior officers of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) and senior officers of Maharashtra government joined in this exercise. All officers then held up the compost in their hands. Commemorative jars full of the compost were taken home by all present.
Secretary, Parameswaran Iyer said, “Along with declaring the country ODF, the mission is working with states towards, will be to sustain this ODF status over the years and decades to come.”
He also announced that the mission will soon launch a campaign to promote twin pit toilets in rural India.
SANITATION IS MUST
- The twin-pit toilet is recommended by the World Health Organisation and Government of India for rural areas.
- A standard model fills up in roughly five years for a six-member family.
- The waste can then be easily re-directed to the second pit, and it becomes safe-to-handle compost in six months to one year.
- It is rich in nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which makes it ideal for use in agriculture, also known as ‘sona khaad’ (golden manure).
- There are two alternating pits connected to a pour flush toilet, in which the solids are dewatered over time and can be manually removed with a shovel.
- They are cleaned when full and bio-degraded.