Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Sanitation

Sanitation is a broad term which includes safe disposal of human waste, waste water management, solid waste management, water supply, control of vectors of diseases, domestic and personal hygiene, food, housing, etc. Sanitation includes environmental sanitation which is largely viewed as “the control of all those factors in man’s physical environment which exercise a deleterious effect on his physical environment, health, alleviating poverty, enhancing quality of life and raising productivity- all of which are essential for sustainable development” (WHO 1992).

 

The World Health Organization states that:

 

"Sanitation generally refers to the provision of facilities and services for the safe disposal of human urine and feces. Inadequate sanitation is a major cause of disease world-wide and improving sanitation is known to have a significant beneficial impact on health both in households and across communities. The word 'sanitation' also refers to the maintenance of hygienic conditions, through services such as garbage collection and wastewater disposal.

 

Sanitation includes all four of these engineering infrastructure items (even though often only the first one is strongly associated with the term "sanitation"):

 

• Excreta management systems

• Wastewater management systems

• Solid waste management systems

• Drainage systems for rainwater, also called stormwater drainage

 

Sanitary household toilet is the most important aspect of sanitation. Besides, restoration of dignity, privacy safety and social status, sanitation has strong bearings on child mortality, maternal health, water quality, primary education, gender equity, reduction of hunger and food security, environmental sustainability, global partnerships and ultimately poverty alleviation & improvement of overall quality of life. Open defecation still in practice in many rural areas resulting in serious social, economic and environmental problems. Openly left human waste helps in breeding and transmission of pathogens, which carry diseases and infections. The problem is most acute for children, women and young girls. Children, especially those under 5 are most prone to diarrhoea and sometimes even lose their lives. In case of women, lack of sanitation facilities often forces them to restrict themselves by reducing and controlling their diet, which leads to nutritional and health impacts. Women, especially adolescent girls, face higher risks of sexual assault due to lack of household toilets.

 

Types of sanitation:

 

• Dry sanitation

• Ecological sanitation

• Environmental sanitation

• Improved and unimproved sanitation

• Sustainable sanitation

• On-site sanitation

 

Impact of good sanitation: Good sanitation has the following impacts on individuals and on community:

 

• Improves health

• Decrease in morbidity and mortality

• Improves productivity

• Poverty alleviation

• Improves water quality

• Minimizes incidence of drop-out in school particularly girl students

 

 

Sanitation Facilities in India and Selected State

 

In Madhya Pradesh, around 22.5 percent urban households defecate in open spaces, followed by Tamil Nadu (16.2 percent), Uttar Pradesh (14.8 percent), Gujarat (8.7 percent), Maharashtra (7.7 percent) and Delhi (3 percent).

 

A staggering 55 percent of rural households defecate in the open, according to data tabled in the Lok Sabha on May 7, 2015. Odisha tops list, with 86.6 percent of rural households defecating in the open. In Kerala, no more than 3.9 percent of households defecate in the open. 

 

Source: http://www.mid-day.com/

 

Physical Progress: 2017 - 18

 

 

S.N.

State/UT Name

IHHL

(BPL)

IHHL

(APL)

IHHL

Total

Sanitary

Complex

1

Arunachal Pradesh

34610

6850

41460

295

2

Assam

142277

674181

816458

          74

3

Manipur

30563

30955

61518

            0

4

Meghalaya

64654

22484

87138

129

5

Mizoram

14313

10704

25017

           59

6

Nagaland

18466

772

19238

102

7

Sikkim

         0

            0

         0

             27

8

Tripura

17368

16166

33534

            18

 

Total :-

322251

762112

1084363

704

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physical Progress: 2018-19 (upto March 2019)


 

S.N.

State Name

IHHL (BPL)

IHHL (APL)

IHHL Total

Sanitary

Complex

1

Arunachal Pradesh

2413

468

2881

470

2

Assam

126465

616970

743435

            80

3

Manipur

36589

35659

72248

             62

4

Meghalaya

249

            0

249

247

5

Mizoram

           36

            10

             46

              86

6

Nagaland

45713

5167

50880

176

7

Sikkim

         0

            0

            0

              85

8

Tripura

71739

63741

135480

               9

 

Total :-

283204

722015

1005219

1215

 

Source: Ministry Of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Updated on 19th September, 2019

 

 

 

Physical Progress Report

 

 

Source: Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation Govt. of India, Annual Report 2014-2015

 

 

 

Annual Progress Report - Physical

 

Year
IHHL-BPLs
IHHL-APLs
IHHL-Total
Community Sanitary Complex
2015-16
 
5013160
7649564
12662724
1899
2016-17
(Upto Dec,2016)
5153074
7590387
1243551
1327

 

Source : www.mdws.gov.in, Updated on 11th May, 2018

 

 

Physical Progress in 2010-11 and 2011-12 (upto March, 2012)

 

Component


Annual objectives for 2011-12


Achievement for 2011-12 (upto March, 2012)


% Achievement

Achievement in 2010-11 (upto March, 2011)

Individual household latrines 1,20,00,000  88,01,700  73.34  12243731
School Toilet 1,00,000  1,22,471  122.47  105509
Anganwadi Toilet 50,000  28,331  56.62  50823


Source:Government of India, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation


 

Physical Progress in 2012-13 and 2013-2014 (upto Dec, 2013)

 

Year


IHHLs


School toilets


Anganwadi toilets

Community Sanitary Complex

2012-13 4,559,162  76,396  36,677  1,995
2013-14 (Upto Dec, 2013) 29,08,463  24,658  14,816  958


Source:Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanittaion Govt. of India, Annual Report 2013-2014